4 Manipur University students injured in police action

Imphal, October 8: Around four students were injured when the police tried to disperse the agitating students who tried to raid the house of Prof K Yugindro, the acting Vice-Chancellor of Manipur University (MU).

It may be mentioned that a large number of students had attempted to storm the residence of Prof Yugindro at Wangkhei Thangapat in Imphal West on October 6 demanding the release of the arrested students and teachers. The police had to resort to firing tear- gas shells and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd and in return, the agitators pelted stones at police.

The students, representing six students’ bodies, are demanding unconditional release of six MU professors and 10 students who were arrested during the September 20 raids on MU hostels.

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Chief Minister N. Biren justified the raids, saying in the past a professor was gunned down while two others, including the then Vice Chancellor Prof N Bijoy, were kneecapped.

Prof Yugindro has remarked that the agitating students are like “terrorists” and that his life is at risk. He also sent a letter to Union HRD Ministry on October 1, contending that Governor Najma Heptulla and Biren were siding with “terrorists”.

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The Manipur High Court (HC) stated that it may be forced to intervene in the management and affairs of the MU if the crisis still persists. The court said on October 5 that the prolonged disruption and crisis in the University is not in public interest and hence, failing to resolve the crisis by the authorities concerned, the court may not have other option but to interfere in the affairs and management of the university which the court would not have done otherwise.

Police have been deployed in the Thangapat areas of Imphal where the house of Prof Yugindro is located and no vehicle is allowed in the locality.