Students demand unconditional release of teachers and students

Pothashang New Service: Imphal, September 22, 2018: Joint Students’ Co-ordinating Committee on Saturday cautioned to launch mass agitation if Manipur government and the HRD ministry fails to act according to the memorandum of agreement signed with the Manipur University community.

It also demanded to immediately release without any conditions the students and the teachers who were arrested on Thursday night from the varsity campus. It condemns remanding of the students and the teachers to police and judicial custody.  Five teachers and 10 students were produced at the CJM Imphal West yesterday. Out of them eight students and five teachers were remanded to 15 days judicial custody. Two students were remanded to police custody till September 25.

Eighty-nine students and six teachers were arrested on Thursday night from the varsity campus and outside the campus as charged by Professor K. Yugindro for restraining him joining as pro VC.

Co-convenor of the students’ co-ordinating committee Ng. Milan said the self-style vice-chancellor Adya Prasad Pandey appointed Yugindro as pro vice-chancellor during his leave and continuing his administration is against the demand of the varsity community and against the memorandum of agreement.

The agreement was signed on August 16 in presence of Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh in Imphal.

The memorandum agreed constitution of a two-member enquiry committee over the allegations of administrative and financial irregularities made by MUSU against Pandey.  As per the agreement Pandey will be on leave during the enquiry.

Pandey was suspended by a notification made by the HRD ministry on September 17.

“Our chief minister should assure to act according to the agreement”, said Milan. “On what condition professor Yugindro broke the lock of the office which was shield and took the chair as vice-chancellor?

The students’ committee appeals the civil society organisations to support agitations to be taken up by the student fraternity of Manipur.

Professor Yugindro and registrar in-charge professor M. Shaymakesho should compensate if the students under the university loss this academic year, demanded the student committee.

This is IT age. The students, professional youths and people rely on internet data. Sudden shut down of mobile internet for five days by the state government without prior information is authoritarian in nature. “The data service should be opened immediately” demanded the student leader.

The varsity girl students staged a sit-in inside the campus demanding to withdraw the state and central forces enforced in the varsity campus.

Among other demands the students also demanded for unconditional release of the varsity students and teachers.

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