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MU crisis: Students resume agitation

MU crisis: Students resume agitation
MU students preparing to burn effigies of AP Pandey and Shyamkesho on Thursday. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, SEP 6 | Publish Date: 9/6/2018 10:34:17 AM IST

Police has detained 22 students as Manipur University Students’ Union (MUSU) resumed their agitation demanding removal of Prof. AP Pandey as vice chancellor of the varsity on Thursday.

With tension brewing up in the varsity campus after the detention of the 22 students, state authority has intensified security measures in the university campus by deputing additional armed police personnel.

MUSU resumed the agitation after Union ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) failed to initiate action against AP Pandey, who they claimed had allegedly violated the agreement signed with the agitating MUSU, MUTA and MUSA on August 16 last.

MUSU members gathered at the entrance gate of the university and burned the effigies of Pandey and registrar in-charge Prof. M Shyamkesho. 

Earlier, they also locked down Shyamkesho’s office at the Centre of Advance Study in Life Science inside the varsity campus where he discharges his duty as registrar-in-charge of the varsity.

Students in large number also tried to storm the VC’s official residence in Sanjenthong area, but the police thwarted their attempt.

Normal traffic on the road leading to Chief Minister’s Bungalow from Palace Compound was disturbed for around an hour as the students remained seated on the road in protest against the police action.

Talking to reporters at the protest site, MUSU general secretary L Kennedy accused VC AP Pandey and registrar in-charge Shyamkesho of creating unrest in the campus.

The normalcy which has been restored in the campus after 85 days of unrest has been breached after AP Pandey resume to duty as VC on September 1, he alleged.

Pandey moves HC

Meanwhile, Vice Chancellor A P Pandey has filed a writ petition in the high court, challenging the institution of a two-member fact-finding committee by the HRD ministry to probe the allegations of irregularities levelled against him.

The VC, who joined office on September 1 following a month’s leave, moved the court on Wednesday, demanding dissolution of the inquiry panel, his counsel said.

He has set up an office at his official residence as the students and teachers have refused to allow him to enter the central university’s campus.

“Manipur High Court judge N Kotiswar has referred the plea to a larger bench comprising Chief Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar as the issue involves public interests,” the counsel said, adding that the plea has not been admitted as yet.

After resuming office last week, Pandey had released a statement banning Manipur University Teachers’ Association (MUTA) and Manipur University Staff Association (MUSA).

He reasoned that the central university does not have provisions for employees’ bodies.

The ban sparked fresh protests at the university where academic activities had resumed on August 24 following the suspension of 85-day-long strike to press for Pandey’s removal.

 

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