Acting on the call to boycott the Manipur University Entrance Test (MUET), 2023 on August 17, several students on Friday swarmed the Manipur University main gate and carried out protest demonstrations.
It may be mentioned that a student body had called the boycott decrying university authorities’ disregard to postpone MUET exams for students who had failed to submit the form within the stipulated time.
Ever since the internet shutdown, people living in far-off places and relief camps, especially displaced students, have been reeling under several difficulties to cope with the academic atmosphere. This year’s MUET 2023 form applications were accepted only online despite the inconvenience in internet access.
MUET 2023 started on Friday and will carry on till Sunday, August 20 with three exams conducted per day for admissions into various departments of the university.
During the protest demonstrations at MU’s main gate, students locked the main gate and burned tyres, reiterating their demand while preventing students from entering the university campus.
Teams of Imphal West Commando and Singjamei Police swiftly rushed in to rein in the situation during which a scuffle between the students and police team broke out resulting in minor casualties on both sides.
The whole incident unfolded around 8:00 am on Friday when a few students entered the university campus demanding university authorities to postpone the MUET 2023 in favour of students who had failed to submit MUET applications within the stipulated time.
As per reports, the university failed to tackle the issue on time and as such, the agitated students resorted to locking several departments and the university’s main gate.
Around 10 am, the Manipur Police team rushed to the scene and tried to douse the protest demonstrations in which the unfortunate altercations between the two sides unfolded.
The police used brutal force to stop the protests in which a top police official of Imphal West received minor injuries near his nose while a student, Moirangthem Dickson is undergoing treatment at Priyadarshini Advance Hospital for injuries to his head and chest.
At the time of filing this report, two students, Roshan Golmei and Md Nawaz, are being held at Imphal Police Station.
Even amid the tension, the first day of MUET 2023 kicked off successfully with little delay in the examination schedule with tight security measures.