Noida 1st October 2018: As per the Imphal Free Press, Manipur University students’ union has urged to remove the police force from the campus, which was deployed after the arrest of few faculty members and students. The union has demanded the same taking into account the interests of the students who have joined the university in this academic year only. The spokesperson of students’ union stated, “the presence of armed security personnel inside the institute may instill fear and apprehension in the latest batch of students.”
On 20th September, the police raided the campus in the dead hours and carried out tear gas shells and mock bomb attack to scatter the horde of students. During this raid, 89 students and five faculty members were arrested on the spot. Afterwards, a complaint was lodged against the Pro VC Y Yugindro Singh and security forces by a two-member inquiry committee for allegedly breaking the lock of VC room.
Manipur University Students’ Union President M Dayaman condemned the role of police in the whole incident. He said, “it shows the dissimilarity between the attitude of state & local government and the Ministry of Human Resource Development towards their concern about the future and career of the students. The unfortunate arrest of students and teachers has been criticized by all the mindful people, said the release by Imphal Free Press.
Vice Chancellor AP Pandey was protected by both the state and central government when the situation in the university was gradually coming back to normalcy, as per the release. It also stated that the main accused Yugindro Singh and another professor, M Shyamkesho Singh are administering the university like dictators. Moreover, the police atrocities against students are still prevailing.
The female students, on the other hand, have joined hands for a fast-unto-death to support the released of the arrested students and faculty members. Due to fasting, the health of these students is deteriorating on an hourly basis. Few of them have been admitted to hospitals for treatment.
From May 31 to August 23, the university was closed due to the agitation by students’ union with a single-point demand for terminating the VC for his administrative incompetence. After being promised for the constitution of an independent inquiry committee by the authority to look into the matter, the agitation was called off after 85 days. The allegations on Pandey were to organize various “non-academic activities” out of his office and poor administrative skills right from October 2016 when he joined.
On August 16, a MoU was signed between the students’ union, the teachers’ association, representatives of MHRD, the staff association, and the state government. This agreement said, “Pandey will remain on leave until the inquiry committee submits its report.”
After this agreement, Pandey was sent on a leave on August 2 and the agitation of students’ union was given the credit for this. He resumed his duty earlier in September and promptly interdicted the outfits of two protesting employees at the university.
On September 4, Pandey headed towards Manipur High Court with a plea against the MHRD’s decision of constitution a two-member committee for investigating the allegations of poor administration and irregularities put by the students’ union while protesting. The Vice-Chancellor had demanded to abolish the inquiry panel against him.