Imphal, Aug 6,
A preplan simultaneous protest at various places of the state including a protest rally against the Manipur University Community in front of the Manipur University where the district administration has imposed prohibition order under CrPC 144 fails to surprise the Manipur University Students’ Union members as they know that such politics will certainly played as a last resort of the BJP led government.
General Secretary of MUSU, Kennedy cross his limit of tolerance and warned the BJP government and demanded immediate resignation of the Chief Minister.
“What is the BJP government doing? Do they think they can suppress the movement by organizing such counter protest?”, Kenedy said talking to media.
He further said that some of the women joining the rally are being provided tips by the BJP workers.
“When I asked a lady what is the protest all about she answer that somebody give her money to join the protest for saving Manipur University”, Kenedy said.
A confrontation almost happened between the MU community and those protesting against the MU Community at the gate. Police had a hard time in controlling the situation but did not give any comment on why they allow the rally when the district administration had already imposed prohibition under 144 of the CrPC in and around the MU area. Even a rally by political figures of the state was prevented then why they allow the rally , said the MUSU representative.
Interestingly a protestor while speaking to media said that she was attending the protest demanding removal of VC Pandey in support of the Manipur University Community .
“I join the protest for removal of Pandey and a month holiday and coming back as VC again will not be accepted “, the lady with a placard who came along with the sponsored rally said to reporters.
When said that the protest is against the MU community, the lady said, “How do I know that?”.
Report reaching here said that the Rally against the MU community was allowed by the police even as prohibition has been imposed. Those joining the protest rally against the MU Community shouted against MUSU, MUTA and MUSA in front of the MU main gate and in presence of a large number of police. The MUSU volunteers came out at the gate too and tried to stage a rally. The police stopped the MUSU volunteers at the gate while allowing the Pro – Government rally. All of a sudden the police fires tear gas shell to the MUSU group. 6 students sustain minor injury in the police action.
Meanwhile, a rally to resume normalcy was staged at Senapati and Ukhrul. the Senapati rally was organized by the Senapati Students’ Association while the rally at Ukhrul was organized by the TKS and other Tangkhul body. The demand was to restore normalcy in the Manipur University.
On the other hand sit-in-protest were staged at various places including Andro Assembly Constituency, Kakching Assembly constituency etc. The protest was deliberately against the Manipur University Community who has been on agitation demanding removal of VC AP Pandey