Cops suspended for hurting students

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Pothashang News Service: Imphal, July 19, 2018: Manipur government has suspended two cops who severely injured two student agitators, said chief minister N. Biren Singh  when he visited the injured students who are hospitalised Raj Medicity.

Biren told reporters that the video clipping of the incident has been analysed and one sub-inspector and a constable have been put under suspension.

He said the medical expenses of the injured students would be borne by the state government. He also wished for speedy recovery of the injured students.

Left arm of general secretary of Democratic Students’ Alliance of Manipur Sheetal Oinam got fractured when the police officer pushed him in a scuffle towards a moving oil tanker truck. His hand was run over by the truck.

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The incident took place on Monday when the students stormed towards BJP Manipur office after storming at the gate of Raj Bhavan. Including him seven agitators were injured on that day.

More students were injured on the next day when the agitating students stormed towards chief minister’s bungalow after burning effigies of HRD ministere Prakash Javadekar, chief minister Biren Singh and vice- chancellor Pandey. One of the student was injured at the head when police baton-charged him in front of the chief minister’s bungalow.

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Biren on Thursday visited the injured students including student leader Sheetal Oinam whose left hand got fractured after a truck ran over his hand during a scuffle between the students and police last Monday who are undergoing treatment at Raj Medicity, Imphal.

Biren was accompanied by deputy chief minister Y. Joykumar and other Cabinet ministers among other officials.

Biren told reporters that the state government fully understands with the Manipuri University community’s sentiment. He said that as per the wish of the varsity students, teachers and staff the state government persuaded the Central government to form a Committee headed by a retired Chief Justice of a High Court to investigate the allegations against the vice-chancellor. If the Prof. Pandey is found to be guilty in the investigation, then he will be ousted automatically, he added.

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Biren said Manipur University is a central university; the state government has certain limitations. However, the state government has already taken a decision in the Cabinet over the issue and have been pressurising the central government to investigate the matter. We have also met the Governor Najma Heptulla yesterday and appraised the situation. He said the governor has already informed the President of India about the gravity of the current situation

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