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MUSU to resume agitation demanding ouster of Pandey

IMPHAL | Sept 5 : Manipur University Students’ Union (MUSU) claimed that the agitation against vice-chancellor, Adya Prasad Pandey will be resumed from tomorrow, as the people of the state especially the students’ community are in a state of unrest due to the unsolved issue of Manipur University.

The 85-day long impasse in the Manipur University was suspended temporarily after an agreement was signed between the varsity community and the state government and Centre to probe into the allegations against Pandey by an independent ‘inquiry committee’.

On September 1, Pandey had sent notifications to all the authorities concerned that he had resumed his duty in Manipur University after taking a leave of 30 days from August 2. The same day, Pandey had 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 registrar (in-charge) Manipur University, 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 necessary follow-up action is taken on the inquiry report by the competent authority.

During a press conference held yesterday, Pandey claimed that he had not received any official order or communication from the HRD ministry regarding his leave.

Pandey also said that he cannot accept the inquiry committee constituted by the HRD ministry alleging that the chairman of the committee is a close relative of one of the members of MUTA.

Speaking to media persons today at MUSU office, its general secretary, Laishram Kennedy alleged that Pandey and self-proclaimed registrar (in charge) M. Shyamkesho are ‘mentally retarded persons’ and they are ‘anti-Manipur’.

He said, “It is very unfortunate that chief minister, N. Biren and other authorities are unable to speak against Pandey though he spoke against the agreement which was signed on August 16.”

MUSU asked the chief minister and his council of ministers and the officials present in the signing of the agreement to resign from their seats and posts as they are unfit to be leaders.

The students’ body has made an appeal to various CVOs and others students’ bodies and the general public to take up necessary actions against Pandey and Shyamkesho for their unwanted attitudes towards the people of the state.

~IFP

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