Imphal, Oct 10,
Manipur University has been once more converted into a war field as large number of police force has intensified its counter measures to suppress the students protest inside the University complex.
At least 20 student agitators were reported to have been picked up by the police after conducting raid at Boys Hostel of the University. Identities of those picked up could not be confirmed at the moment.
Report says that Students of Various departments of the University today staged democratic protest in front of their respective department demanding immediate and unconditional release of the faculty members and the students who were arrested by the police on the midnight of September 20 from inside the University.
Manipuri Department of the University today shut down their department demanding the justice and speedy completion of the ongoing enquiry against VC Prof. AP Pandey.
Similar protests were also staged at other department too. But at around 12 noon large number of students throng towards the Administrative Block demanding immediate and unconditional release of the arrested teachers.
As the large number of students reached the A-Block a large team of state security force which were already present there tried to stop them at the gate. The irate students confronted the police team for a while. The police team charged the students with batons and fire smoke bomb to disperse the students. Some among the agitators were reported injured in the police action. After hearing the police excess large number of students too thronged to the Manipur University but police closed the gate and prevented them from entering the University complex.
Later, additional force of police team raided the boy’s hostel of the Manipur University for the second time.
Students from inside the hostel were paraded in front of the hostel and conducted verification. This is the second time that the hostel of the Manipur University has been raided in connection with the ongoing agitation. The first is the September 20 midnight crackdown.
It may be mention that the agitation which began May 30 this year and normalcy was partly restored after 86 days after the signing of the MoA between the Government of Manipur, MHRD and the Manipur University Community on August 16. The crisis started once more on September 20 after the alleged Pro VC Prof. Yugindro who was appointed by former VC AP Pandey on September 10, when he was on leave and forcefully entered University and tried to take charge of the VC as per a letter from the MHRD. The legitimacy of then appointment of the Pro VC is being in question. The police crack down inside the university is reported to be as per a report filed by Prof. Yugindro. But later he had admitted to the Governor of Manipur that he had filed false report to the Police. Still then the police are conducting raid inside the University complex as per the complaint filed.
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