Pothashang News Service: Imphal, August 4, 2018: North-East Forum for International Solidarity (NEFIS) strongly condemns the arrest of Manipur University Students’ Union (MUSU) Councillor by Manipur Police last night.
The arrest should be seen against the backdrop of the ongoing joint struggle of students, teachers and staff members of MU against the incumbent vice-chancellor, Adya Prasad Pandey, said Chinglen Khumukcham, member, convening committee, NEFIS in a press statement released today.
The arrest was followed by the dismantling of the dais which had been erected at the site where protests had been going on for more than 2 months. Also, it has been alleged that facebook posts are being taken down. This amounts to a massive crackdown on the movement of MU community, added the statement.
The vice chancellor, it should be known, had been guilty of gross irregularities and corruption and it was due to the ongoing struggle that an inquiry against him was initiated and he was sent on leave. However, the attitude of both Union and State government has been apathetic since the very beginning and the present crackdown is connected with the government’s resolve to curb the democratic movement at MU, NEFIS said.
NEFIS had earlier protested against the prolongation of the crisis at MU at ministry of HRD and demanded VC’s dismissal, following which the VC was sent on leave. But, even at Delhi, the peaceful demonstration was brutally stopped by the police and the students were forcibly detained. NEFIS stands in solidarity with MU students and resolves to continue its struggle even amidst crackdown, said Chinglen.