Varsity girls suspend hunger strike

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, October 1, 2018: Manipur University’s girl hostellers have suspended their hunger strike today following assurance to release arrested teachers and students of the varsity by professor K.Yugindro.

The varsity community were arrested on the charge of assaulting Yugindro when he came take charge as pro vice chancellor as vice-chancellor Adya Prasad Pandey was on forced leave in connection with enquiry being taken up over allegations of financial and administrative irregularities by Manipur University Students’ Union.

The varsity community was of the opinion that the order of appointing Yugindro as Pro VC was void.

The varsity girls launched their indefinite hunger strike since Septmebr 24. They have been demanding release of the varsity community and withdrawal of the security forces deployed on the varsity campus.

They also condemned the police crackdown at the boys’ hostels on the midnight of September 20 following which six teachers and nine students were arrested.

The girls said professor Yugindro is meeting with the government today. If the talk fails to fulfil the assurance we will decide further course of agitations, said a girl hosteller.

Manipur University Working Women Association’s general secretary Premila Maisnam said we have resolved to pursue professor Yugindro to withdraw the FIR he had filed and also resolved to appraise to him that he should take responsibility for any unfortunate outcome of the hunger strike. Fortunately he has given us positive response and assured to meet the chief minister to pursue for withdrawal of the FIR. “With this assurance of the professor we appealed the girls to stop their hunger strike”, added the secretary.

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