MU crisis: 6 injured in police firing

MU crisis: 6 injured in police firing
Mass rallies converging at Manipur University in Imphal on Monday.
Correspondent IMPHAL, Aug 6: | Publish Date: 8/7/2018 12:00:00 AM IST

Manipur University crisis took an ugly turn on Monday after “sponsored” mass rallies confronted with the agitating students, teachers and non-teaching staff.

The rallies comprising mostly women and students of various schools originated from different directions converged at the MU campus and demanded the agitating students, teachers and staff of the MU to allow the recently appointed VC in-charge to discharge his duty by opening the MU.

Some people leading the rallies, meanwhile, got into heated argument with the students, teachers and staff of the MU who were on relay hunger strike inside the campus.

Police and security personnel detailed in and around the MU campus rushed to the site and in a bid to control the situation fired several rounds of tear gas shells and mock bombs. In the melee, six people including four members of agitating MU sustained injuries. 

“It was a pre-plan sponsored rallies,” MUSU general secretary L Kennedy Singh said while hinting political influence behind the rallies. 

He questioned how police allowed such rally in places where prohibitory order is being enforceed under CrPC. “Why did police allow such rallies while they disallowed our democratic protest (relay-hunger strike) to stage,” he rued.

“This is a plan of the government to sabotage our protest. It is nothing but politicizing the MU impasse to suppress our democratic movement,” he added.

On the other hand, clarifying to the demand to allow the fact finding committee to discharge its duty, Prof N Sanatomba, a member of MUTA alleged that the members of the probe panel were all well known for their corrupted activities during the organization of Indian Science Congress hosted by the MU besides being close associates of Prof AP Pandey.

“Are you hoping a free and fair report from these officials? If you do so then we are ready to surrender. Let Pandey (incumbent VC) continue in his office even if he is not a worthy man to be the VC,” he said pointing towards the participants of the rallies.

He alleged that instead of knowing what were behind the crisis in the MU, The people were turning toward them. This clearly showed that some vested interest persons were behind them, he added.

Meanwhile, rallies calling for immediate resumption of normalcy in the Manipur University were carried out at various places across the state including in hill districts like Senapati and Ukhrul.

The rallies were carried out at Senapati, Kangpokpi and Ukhrul under the aegis of the tribal student bodies in the respective districts.

The rally in Senapati district was organized by Senapati District Students’ Association while in Ukhrul it was organized by the Tangkhul Katamnao Saklong (TKS) and Kuki Students’ Organization (KSO) organized the rally in Kangpokpi.  The rallies demanded immediate restoration of normalcy in the Manipur University and allowing the fact finding committee to discharge its duty. 


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