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‘MU impasse must be resolved by August 6’

IMPHAL | Aug 4 : While the Joint tribal students’ bodies have threatened of an intensive campaign demanding the restoration of the academic atmosphere by August 6, the agitating bodies of MU community have re-affirmed their stance on the removal of Prof. AP. Pandey from his post as vice chancellor.

A joint meeting comprising of the All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur (ATSUM), Kuki Students’ Organisation General Headquarters (KSO-GHQ) and All Naga Students’ Association Manipur (ANSAM), was held today at the office of ATSUM located at Adimjati complex, Imphal.

The meeting unanimously resolved that, while the fact-finding committee begins investigating the allegations against A.P. Pandey, simultaneously the authority concerned must take all efforts to open the university by August 6.

If the authority fails to act within the stipulated time the joint tribal student’s group along with all the hill districts student bodies will be compelled to take its own course of action to ensure that the academic atmosphere is restored in Manipur University, it warned.

Meanwhile, the Manipur University community today has re-affirmed that the constituent units, MUSU, MUTA and MUS, would continue with their demand for the removal of Prof. AP. Pandey followed by the institution of an independent high power enquiry committee under the Commission of Enquiry Act 1952, against Pandey.

Meanwhile, miscreants have destroyed the shed this morning and stolen the materials of the shed where agitating bodies have been taking up relay hunger strike demanding the ouster of vice-chancellor Adya Prasad Pandey.

Moreover, varsity community also claimed that executive member of Manipur University Students’ Union (MUSU), Moirangthem Khagemba has been arrested by a team of Kakwa Police from his rental resident at Kyamhei last night without giving any reason for the arrest. Khagemba was later released without any condition this evening.

General Secretary of MUSU, L. Kennedy said that the struggle of MUSU supported by Manipur University Teachers’ Association and the Manipur University Staffs’ Association (MUSA) is a democratic struggle to save the career of students and higher education in the state. It has crossed 66 days.

Instead of trying to bring a solution to the varsity impasse the state government is trying to falsify the demand and the struggle of the varsity community, he added.

He said that giving leave to the vice-chancellor is not related to the demand of the varsity community. Our demand is ouster of Pandey. Giving leave to the vice-chancellor is not a new issue. What Manipur University community wants is removal of the vice-chancellor. Some groups are trying to mislead to our demand. “If the demand is not understood, it can be understood by any group from us, for which we open our door wide,” appeals the secretary.

Even if the protest site shed was dismantled the varsity students, teachers and the staff continued their relay hunger strike.


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