Manipur University’ 27 students and faculty members, who were booked in judicial custody for the crisis in Manipur University, finally got rid of the custody on Tuesday at wee hours. They were arrested for promoting the agitation against the university’s VC.
In the presence of Manipur CM N. Biren Singh, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the Manipur University and six student bodies of Manipur University. After one day of memorandum, nine students and six teachers were released from the custody.
On September 20, 15 students and teachers of the university were booked by police during a midnight raid inside the university premise. 12 more arrests were performed by the police later, who were the representatives of different student bodies and protesting against the former arrests.
Prof. K. Yugindro, the officiating pro-vice-chancellor of Manipur University, filed an FIR against the teachers and students with the charge of manhandling him. As a result, Manipur Police came in action and performed a midnight raid. After the arrest, the situation got worse and the student bodies renewed their sedition and it badly affected the functioning of varsity.
According to MoU, the student bodies concurred to call off their protest after receiving an assurance from the state government for the facilitation of released students and teachers. The state government officials also committed to support the two-member enquiry committee constituted to investigate the ongoing enquiry against that time vice-chancellor, MU Prof. Adya Prasad.
MoU also mentioned that the state government will expedite the recruitment process of the vacancies in Manipur University with the suitable candidates to bring back the normalcy to university functioning. High Court of Manipur, on October 11, suspended Prof. Yugindro and Shyamkesho Singh from the designations of pro-vice-chancellor and registrar in-charge respectively. Former Chief Minister of Manipur Jarnail Singh was appointed as the administrator with authorities of vice-chancellor. The arbitration of court is seen as the failure of the university authority to sort the MU crisis.
The state government also concurred to urge the central government to deploy the paramilitary units (D company, 6 AR) from the campus of the varsity. It was the key demand of the students for which they were protesting for a long time.
The student union bodies and the state government also agreed to cooperate to avoid the violence among the students or brutal police action in academic establishments to a great extent.
CM Singh is quite hopeful after this MoU and expecting the normalcy soon in Manipur University. He said that the ruling government in Manipur is people-oriented and the doors for the people are always open to discourse about resolving any issue.