Imphal: Blaming the former vice-chancellor of Manipur University (MU), AP Pandey, for the current unrest in the prominent educational institution, M Dayaman, the president of the Manipur University Students’ Union (MUSU), alleged that a section of the university officials were working for their vested interests.
The union leader also alleged that the state government has an equal role to play in the entire fiasco.
In a press release, the MUSU president said the students’ protests for the removal of Pandey as V-C was just an attempt to maintain the dignity of the educational institution.
“Ever since AP Pandey took over as V-C of Manipur University, he along with some associates and contractors were working towards the downfall of the university. The Manipur government should be aware that our protests have been held for the greater interest of the students’ community,” he said.
Criticising the state government for instituting a ‘fact-finding committee’ for the ongoing unrest in the university, Dayaman said: “The MUSU was always in favour of negotiations to break the deadlock. During the agitation, we had talks with the authorities concerned and we were heading towards a positive conclusion. Then the Manipur government instituted a fact-finding committee, which was nothing but an attempt to destabilise the situation.”
“Immediately after that we shared our unwillingness to have members of the MHRD and UGC in the committee,” added Dayaman.
Dayaman further said that despite their stiff opposition, the Manipur government also included a Justice in the committee. “The university community has been cooperating with the existing enquiry committee ever since it was instituted on August 23. Later, ignoring everyone’s sentiments, Prof Pandey resumed office on September 1 and passed various orders to scuttle the inquiry process,” he alleged.
Meanwhile, the 48-hour Manipur bandh called by six students’ organisations in the state entered its second day on Friday. Normal life was again paralysed. There were reports of an autorickshaw being burnt down by protesters at Keishampat Thokchom Leikai in Imphal. A woman passenger was injured, said reports.