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MUTA declines Biren’s invitation; demands release of teachers and students

IMPHAL | Sept 29 : A General Body meeting of Manipur University Teachers’ Association (MUTA) was held today at 1 pm in the MUTA office with its President prof. I. Tomba in the chair to discuss whether MUTA should engage in a dialogue with the chief minister in the future. The CM had invited the association for a dialogue at 10 am today, which the latter declined.

All the members of MUTA who attended the meeting strongly condemned the inhuman action of the security forces on the night of September 20. They also demanded the immediate and unconditional release of all the teachers, students and other persons who have been arrested arbitrarily in connection with the MU crisis.

The meeting further resolved that MUTA welcomes facilitation from any individual or organisation to help resolve the Manipur University crisis.

Speaking to media persons, prof. I. Tomba said that after discussions with colleagues and stakeholders, they ultimately decided not to attend the meeting with the chief minister, “It is not proper to have a discussion right now as the teachers and students are in judicial custody,” he added.

In a letter written in response to the chief minister’s invitation, MUTA drew the concern of the chief minister to release the arrested faculty members and teachers unconditionally and to withdraw the FIR lodged against the teachers and students, and also to stop harassment of teachers and students. They also demanded the removal of the state security forces from the University campus immediately.

MUTA further stated that the invitation for talks should be extended to MUSU and MUSA also.

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