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Hundreds of students picked up while protesting against A.P. Pandey

IMPHAL | Sept 7 : Around 100 student protestors including all the leaders of Manipur University Students’ Union (MUSU) were picked up by police while they were demonstrating in front of Raj Bhawan against the social unrest created by the undesirable act of vice-chancellor, Adya Prasad Pandey.

The students were picked up in three trucks and a gypsy and were taken to different unknown locations. According to MUSU leaders, all the students except three escaped on the way by jumping down from the trucks.

Later in the evening the three detained students were released without any condition.

Earlier, 10 representatives of MUSU led by its president, M. Dayaman met governor Najma Heptulla at Raj Bhawan and conveyed their grievances over the chaos created by Pandey.

“The governor has given assurance that she will appraise the matter to President, Ram Nath Kovind, who is the visitor of the Manipur University to bring back the normalcy and share her grievances regarding the detention of 31 students while they were protesting against Pandey,” said Dayaman.

It is the only steps she can take up to bring back normal atmosphere in the varsity as there is no much advice that can be given by her to Pandey as she is just a chief reactor of the varsity, he added.

Dayaman continued that MUSU strongly believes that the assurance given by the governor can bring a fast solution to restore the normalcy as she has been taking initiative since the starting of the agitation to bring back normalcy in the varsity.

The 85 days long impasse going on in the Manipur University in demanding ouster of Pandey was suspended on August 22 following a memorandum of agreement (MoA) signed between the varsity community, state government and the Centre on August 16 in presence of chief minister, N. Biren and his councils of ministers.

Yesterday, MUSU resumed the agitation as Pandey challenged and violated the said MoA while police detained 31 students protesters as they were trying to storm at the official quarters of Pandey and registrar (in-charge), M. Shyamkesho for refusing Pandey’s leave and passing duress order giving unrest to the people of Manipur especially the students community.

The agreement included reconstituting the fact finding committee into an independent two member inquiry committee to probe into the allegations made against Pandey and also mentioned that Pandey will be on leave during the enquiry period and until follow up action taken which is preferable within 15 days.

On September 1, Pandey has sent notifications to all the authorities concerned that he had resumed his duty in the Manipur University after taking a leave of 30 days from August 2. The same day, Pandey also passed an order to ban Manipur University Teachers’ Association (MUTA) and Manipur University Staffs’ Association (MUSA) from existence by exercising the power conferred under statute 3(4) of the Manipur University Act 2005.

Later on September 3, the Manipur University registrar (in-charge), Sh. Dorendrajit with the approval of the chancellor of the varsity, Dilip Nachane has passed an order of extending the leave of Pandey until the completion of the inquiry proceedings against him and until the necessaries follow up action is taken on the inquiry report by the competence authority.

Shyamkesho who was re-inducted as the registrar (in-charge) by Pandey on resuming duty as vice-chancellor on September 1, issued a circular asserting that Sh. Dorendrajit is no longer the registrar (in-charge) and added that the present matter is beyond the purview of the chancellor.

Pandey has claimed that he has resumed his office duty and he cannot accept any kind of leave passed by any authority below his rank and further claimed that he had not received any official order or communication from the HRD ministry regarding his leave.

 
~IFP

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