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Manipur police commandos resort to arms down strike

Manipur police commandos resort to  arms down strike
Manipur police commandos laying their arms during the strike. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Jul 19 | Publish Date: 7/20/2018 12:43:49 AM IST
Personnel of police commandos, an elite police force of Manipur government resorted to arms down strike in protest against suspension of its two colleagues on Thursday.
Two policemen were suspended for using excessive force on students who had tried to storm the BJP office in Imphal on July 16.
After suspension order was issued, police commandos revolted against the government action by laying down their arms at their station in Imphal. The agitation started at around 2.30 pm but after the intervention of the high ranking officials of the state police department led by DGP LM Khoute, the personnel resumed their normal duty from 4 pm. 
The suspension of the two police personnel came after chief minister N Biren Singh visited the students undergoing treatment at Raj Medicity hospital.
Students alleged that during the scuffle with the police during the protest, policemen pushed DESAM general secretary Oinam Shital onto the main road and he was overrun by a truck. He sustained multiple fractures.   The chief minister said that a sub-inspector and a constable have been put under suspension after analyzing the video clipping of the incident. 
Meanwhile, referring to the growing demand for the removal of vice chancellor of Manipur University prof. AP Pandey, who has been accused of administrative and financial irregularities, the chief minister said he had no authority since the institution was a Central University.
However, he said that the state government had taken a decision over the issue and has been pressurizing the Centre to investigate the matter. 
He said as per the demand of the MUTA, MUSU and MUSA, the state government persuaded the Central government to form a committee headed by a retired chief justice of a high court to investigate the allegations against the vice-chancellor Prof AP Pandey. 
“If Prof Pandey is found to be guilty in the investigation, then he will be ousted automatically,” he said.
“We have also met the Governor Dr Najma Heptulla yesterday and appraised the situation,” he said and added that the Governor had also already informed the President of India about the gravity of the current situation.

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