‘CM warned us of deploying forces and closing down MU’
IMPHAL | Jul 11 : “Chief minister, N. Biren has warned Manipur University Teachers’ Association (MUTA) that there is possibility of deploying forces to close down the varsity, until the issue is resolved,” revealed Manipur university community.
The university community also strongly condemned the statement issued by HRD ministry yesterday, asking the state government to ‘close hostels and other premises of the varsity’ as published in a local daily.
Briefing media persons today at the office of MUTA in Manipur University, its spokesperson, N. Nimai Singh said the report reflects the continuation of the tried approach of the Centre to brand anyone from the state as ‘anti-national’ and thus ultimately rationalise elimination.
“Moreover the university community is shocked and worried by the corrosion in democratic values, decline in respect for humanitarian norms, non-recognition of the institutional ethics and enhancing of authoritarian tendencies as reflected in the news report,” he added.
The spokesperson claimed all the teachers, staffs and students of the varsity are ready to face the consequence of any repressive measures adopted by the government to suppress democratic agitation and stands firm to struggle till Adya Prasad Pandey is removed from the vice-chancellor’s post.
Stating that there is no PRO in the Manipur University Act and the one PRO forcedly appointed by the vice-chancellor has already resigned, he asked A.P. Pandey to stop giving audacious comment by using the name of PRO office.
Manipur University Students’ Union president, Mayanglambam Dayaman said it is very unfortunate that the HRD ministry is trying to use forces against the university community to save an ‘irresponsible’ vice-chancellor instead of acknowledging the depth of the agitation and the sufferings of the students.
The allegations against the vice-chancellor are genuine and the demand is to save the future of the state. The democratic agitation will continue until Pandey is removed, said the student leader. He appealed the public, local and student bodies of the state to support their agitation, in the larger interest of the people.
Manipur University Staffs’ Association president, S. Jibankumar supplemented that threatening the university community will never bring a solution to the issues, and the only solution will be removing of Pandey.
Condemning the uses of harsh terms such as anti-national and self-interest by HRD ministry to the university community, the president lambasted the HRD ministry to learn its meaning before using such terms.
A public meeting of the student community was also held at the varsity campus. During the meeting they chided the student body who were uploading statement of supporting the ‘irresponsible’ vice chancellor in social media.
One of the student sharing her opinion, said, “It is very unfortunate that students studying outside the state are giving negative comment on the present issue of the vice-chancellor without even knowing the facts.”
He continued, “Trying to sabotage the peaceful and democratic agitation by some foot soldier of Pandey is an act of coward and disrespect to the varsity which is also disrespect to the whole state.”
The relay hunger strike launched by the university community has also entered its third day. Today the department of Life Science and Biochemistry took up the hunger strike.
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