Imphal, Sept 24,
Large number of students today staged protest rally against the September 20 midnight crackdown at Manipur University and arrest of students as well as faculty members. The students started the rally from Imphal College marching towards Imphal Keithel where they were stopped by a large number of police near Hodam Leirak in Tiddim road.
The police also disburse the protest staged by the students of Manipur University inside the University complex at around noon today.
Meanwhile, Prof. AP Pandey who is under suspension today said that the enquiry committee established by the MHRD as per agreement signed between the government of Manipur, MU community and representative of MHRD as illegal .
He also stated that he had not received any intimation from the enquiry committee for submission of statement on or before September 24.
The 2 member committee had asked the VC Prof. AP Pandey to submit statement in form of affidavit on or before September 24 and also asked to appear in person before the commission on September 26, 27 and 28.
In his letter to the enquiry committee, AP Pandey stated that as per the statute of the Manipur University the visitation powers are vested in the visitor of the University and the MHRD has no jurisdiction over the affairs of the Manipur University in this regard. Similarly, the inquiry, in pursuance of a tripartite agreement between some illegal and unrecognized association on one hand and the MHRD on the other, is completely illegal and neither binding on the university nor the Vice Chancellor.
As per his statement to the enquiry committee Prof. AP Pandey term the MUSU, MIUTA and the MUSA as illegal bodies and also the Manipur state government representative as unrecognized.
Meanwhile students of Anthropology , Dept. of Physics and Biochemistry department today stated that they will not appeared the semester examination until the problem has been settled.
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