Manipur University impasse: Seven injured in lathi charge

Manipur University impasse:  Seven injured in lathi charge
Police trying to stop students from storming Imphal Raj Bhavan on Monday. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Jul 16 | Publish Date: 7/17/2018 12:27:59 AM IST
Atleast seven students were injured on Monday after police resorted to lathi charge to disperse the agitating students under the aegis of Democratic Students’ Alliance of Manipur (DESAM), who reportedly tried to storm Imphal Raj Bhavan and state BJP office.
The students were protesting against alleged Central government failure to bring an end to the one and a half month old crisis in the Manipur University.
DESAM general secretary Oinam Shital suffered fracture on his left hand after it came under the wheel of a moving truck during the scuffle with police personnel in front of the BJP office.
The injured students were rushed to Raj Medicity hospital, Imphal while students with minor injuries discharged after medical treatment at RIMS hospital.
The students first tried to storm the Raj Bhavan but were stopped by the police on their way. 
In the scuffle, a girl student fell unconscious while two others suffered injuries.
The students also attempted to storm the state BJP office opposite Raj Bhavan.
However, they were unsuccessful as police resorted to lathi-charge. 
Later, former DESAM general secretary L Edison, talking to reporters denounced the attitude of the responsible Central government authorities and state governor to resolve the crisis.
DESAM warned that it would be compelled to join the campaign demanding removal of vice-chancellor AP Pandey, if Centre remained silent on the issue. 
Meanwhile, a joint emergency meeting of the agitating Manipur University Students’ Union (MUSU), Manipur University Teachers’ Association (MUTA) and Manipur University Staff Association (MUSA) was held on Monday afternoon and vehemently condemned the “police brutality” towards the students. 
While terming the police action as “barbarian and undemocratic”, the meeting resolved to demand immediate magisterial enquiry into today’s incident. 
The meeting further reaffirmed their stand not to retreat from their agitations until the present VC prof AP Pandey is removed. 
Meanwhile, chief minister is in Delhi campaigning to end the crisis in the Manipur University.
And, on Monday, a 30-member state BJP delegation led by chief minister N Biren Singh met Union human resources development minister Prakash Javedekar in his official residence and discussed on finding a way to resolve the crisis.
The delegation apprised the Union HRD minister about the present impasse in the MU. They also submitted a copy of the state cabinet’s suggestion of setting up an enquiry committee to look into the issues raised by MU community, a statement from PRO to CM in Imphal said.
The delegation also met the Union minister  Rajnath Singh and submitted a joint memorandum, detailing the party state unit’s viewpoint on the Framework Agreement signed between the Centre and NSCN(I-M) in August 2015.
In the evening, the chief minister met Union external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and discussed the Indo-Myanmar boundary pillar issue.
The Union minister agreed to send a joint team of Union ministry of external affairs, ministry of home affairs and Survey of India for a fresh verification of border pillar 80-82, the release added.

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