: Nagaland University non-teaching staff association (NUNTSA) has reacted to the press statement issued by Post Graduate Students’ Union, Lumami, PGSU (L) with regard to March 24 incident at Lumami.
Nagaland University non-teaching staff association president Imchawabang Aonok and general secretary C. Mhonbemo Lotha reiterated that the views expressed in the release issued by NUNTSA were of the general body and not of an individual.
According to the association, the University health centre was meant for the benefit of the teachers, students, dependants, and neighbouring villagers and not specifically for students alone.
The association also cited the Geneva Convention 1949 Article 19 stating “fixed establishment and mobile medical units of the medical service may in no circumstances be attacked”.
Considering the facts, Nagaland University non-teaching staff association condemned the attack on the one and only health care facility within the University vicinity and hence pointed out that the “question of apology does not arise”.
The association also clarified that the statement made on the president and general secretary PGSU (L) leading the mob in the destruction of university health centre was “corroborated by eye witness accounts”.
Nagaland University non-teaching staff association highlighted that working hours of health centre was from 9:30am to 4:30pm with one doctor, nurse and pharmacist on duty, adding it was inhuman to expect the medical staff to provide service 24x7 while the incident was reported around 8:30 pm on the night of the incident.
However, NUNTSA underscored that the medical staff was prompt enough to tend to the emergency call within 15 minutes and sent the victim to civil hospital Mokokchung on time and therefore alleged the issue of negligence of duty on the part of medical staff does not arise.
The NUNSTA stated that in case of any eventuality concerning non-availability of medical facility in the campus at this juncture, the PGSU (L) would be held solely responsible.
The association also cautioned that if the University authority was not able to fulfill its earlier commitment of providing 24 hours medical service, then neither should the health centre be targeted nor the medical staff victimized.
Meanwhile, Post Graduate Students’ Union, Nagaland University Campus, PGSU (NUCK) expressing concern over the incident on March 24 at Lumami has appealed the authority to withdraw the FIR lodged against the students fearing it would hamper the student’s career.