Students burn effigies of Javadekar, Biren and Pandey

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Pothashang News Service: Imphal, July 17, 2018: Volunteers of Democratic Students’ Alliance of Manipur (DESAM) today burnt down the effigies of Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar, Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh and Manipur University vice-chancellor Adya Prasad Pandey in front of Kangla gate demanding ouster of Pandey.

About seven DESAM volunteers were injured when police lathi-charged the agitating students. They were taken to Raj Medicity, the same hospital where another seven students were admitted yesterday.

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The students confronted the police who rushed to disperse them from Kangla gate. After the confrontation, the demonstrators stormed towards chief ministers Bangalow where police again lathi-charged them.

Some of the student volunteers were apprehended by the police.

The student body launched its agitation on Monday demanding ouster of vice-chancellor Pandey from his post. Shital Oinam, general secretary of DESAM is being hospitalised as his left arm got fractured during police confrontation.

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“The state government must take this issue very seriously. We will take up agitations until the HRD ministry gives a satisfactory reply,” said president of DESAM, Salam Akash.

The decision of the HRD should not be against the will of the students and teachers. We support the 48 hours general strike imposed by Manipur University Students’ Union, said the student leader.

All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU), Students’ Union of Kangleipak (SUK), Apunba Ireipak Maheiroi Singpang Lup (AIMS), Democratic Students’ Alliance of Manipur (DESAM), Manipur Students’ Federation (MSF) and Kangleipak Students’ Association (KSA) have announced to support the varsity community in the agitation.

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They announced their support to the general strike at Manipur Press Club today.

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