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IMPHAL | Sept 27 : The 48 hours general strike called by six student organisations of Manipur has adversely affected the functioning of the Manipur University.
The cash counters, receipt counters, form counters and some other offices of the University administrative block (A-block) remain closed though they were open for the past few days. Almost all the departments of the University were also shuttered.
Except for the police personnel including CRPF jawans seen, the university bore a deserted look.
The security personnel did not allow media persons to enter inside the A-block saying that the approval of the VC is needed. After about 20 minutes, the media persons were finally allowed to gather information regarding the functioning of the University.
According to the Statistical Office of the A-block, there are about 100 staffs in the A-block only, out of which about 45 staffs turn up but they also left early. Most of them who turned up are staying in residential quarters provided by the University. The staffs also left early saying that it is bandh, the statistical office said.
When IFP reporters entered the Examination block (E-block) of the University, only the office of the Controller of Examinations and the Assistant Controller of Examinations were found open. The Controller of Examinations, Angom Narayan said, the E-block has about 40 working staffs but only about 15 were present today who also left early.
The banks and post office inside the MU campus also remained closed. It can be mentioned that the 48 hours general strike has been called by the joint body of AMSU, DESAM, MSF, SUK, KSA and AIMS demanding the unconditional and immediate release of the arrested teachers and students of MU and to bring normalcy in the academic activities of the Varsity.