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IMPHAL | Sept 24 : Though Manipur University pro vice-chancellor, K. Yugindro announced before media that normalcy was restored in the varsity and classes have resumed in the department of Forestry And Environmental Science, not a single student turned up to attend the classes.
Moreover, armed security personnel are still deployed in every corner of the varsity making restrictions to gathering of not more than five students and entering of others in the varsity campus.
Though the inquiry committee has restricted everyone to enter the office of the vice-chancellor, professor Yugindro is still sitting in the office chamber since September 21 after breaking the lock.
In regards to the matter, senior most professor of the varsity, professor W. Vishwanth has also lodged a complaint to the inquiry committee.
Meanwhile, girl hostellers staged hunger strike at the gate of their respective hostels demanding unconditional release of the arrest-ed students and teachers and to restore the normalcy. Earlier, confrontation took place between police and the hostellers when they were trying to stage a demonstration at the bus stand.
“As security personnel are deployed in every corner of the varsity, we feel apprehension in moving around our own university campus, and every time we passed them they interrogate us. It is an act of snatching the freedom of the students and a form of men-tal harassment,” said a hosteller.
Asserting that the university campus is more likely a war zone than an educational institute, she asked the government to take a stand on whether the authority concerned wants to turn the institute to a military base camp or an institute which set the careers of students.
The students asked the government to stop standing in favour of the ‘irresponsible’ Pandey, who is the father of all the.
Manipur University Working Women’ Association also staged a sit-in protest in front of Chemistry department decrying the dicta-torial act of the government. The association demanded unconditional release of the arrested teachers and students. Later they pre-sented a memorandum to the Governor, Najma Heptullah.
“There is no case of manhandling professor, Yugindro and professor, M. Shyamkisho by the varsity authority as security person-nel were also present outside the administrative block when the two professor were having a meeting with the varsity community,” said professor, Sumitra Phanjaobam.
Different representatives of the association came to meet the students but police halted them from entering the campus as con-frontation took place between them. One of the woman protester identified as Radhesana sustained injury during the confrontation.