Pothashang News Service: Imphal, August 4, 2018: Manipur University community today claimed that miscreants have destroyed the shed and stolen the materials of the shed where they have been taking up relay hunger strike demanding ouster of vice-chancellor Adya Prasad Pandey.
The varsity community also claimed that executive member of Manipur University Students’ Union (MUSU), Moirangthem Khagemba has been arrested by a team of Kakwa Police from his rental resident at Kyamhei in on Saturday morning without giving any reason for the arrest.
General Secretary of MUSU L. Kennedy said the struggle of MUSU supported by Manipur University Teachers’ Association and the Manipur University Staffs’ Association (MUSA) is a democratic struggle to save the career of students and higher education in the state. It has crossed 66 days. Instead of trying to bring a solution to the varsity impasse the state government is trying to falsify the demand and the struggle of the varsity community, he added.
He said giving leave to the vice-chancellor is not related to the demand of the varsity community. Our demand is ouster of Pandey. Giving leave to the vice-chancellor is not a new issue. What Manipur University community wants is removal of the vice-chancellor. Some group are trying to mislead to our demand. “If the demand is not understood, it can be understood by any group from us, for which we open our door wide,” appeals the secretary.
Even if the protest site shed was dismantled the varsity students, teachers and the staff continued their relay hunger strike.
Thiyam Bharat, an economist who was at the protest site said the strike will not be suspended until the vice-chancellor Pandey is removed from the post.
It is unfortunate that the notification of appointing professor W. Vishwanath as acting vice-chancellor of Manipur University by registrar in-charge M. Shyamkesho Singh, he added.
“If the allegation that Manipur university is a hub for insurgents, they why the National Science Congress was held at Manipur Uiversity,” asked Bharat.
The registrar-in-charge as authorised by HRD ministry issued an order on Thursday to grant leave to Pandey for 30 days from August 2. The order said that the senior most professor Vishwanath will perform as acting vice chancellor.
Prof. W. Vishwanath has already denied performing the duty of the vice-chancellor when Pandey is in leave, said MUSA general secretary Sanjukumar.
Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh on August 2 said the HRD ministry gave its direction to grant leave for Professor Adya Prasad Pandey, for a period of 30 days. During his leave, the senior most professor of the university, Prof. W. Vishwanath Singh shall perform the duties of the vice-chancellor.