Imphal: Refusing chief minister N Biren Singh’s invitation for talks, the Manipur University Teachers’ Association (MUTA) on Saturday clarified that they were not in a position to sit for any discussion until their demands were met.
In a letter addressed to the secretary to CM, Prof I Tomba Singh, president of MUTA, said, “In the present grim scenario, we regret the inability to comply the invitation.” (sic)
The chief minister’s office (CMO) had invited the MUTA for talks to break the ongoing impasse at the university through a letter dated September 28.
The MUTA’s demands include immediate release of the arrested faculty members and students of the university without any condition; withdrawal of the FIR and immediate halt to "chasing" of faculty members, staff and students by the security forces; stop the "dogging and arrest” of teachers, staff and students; and immediate removal of security forces from the university campus.
The letter also requested the chief minister to extend the invitation for talks to the representatives of the entire university community, namely the Manipur University Teachers’ Association (MUTA), Manipur University Staff Association (MUSA) and the Manipur University Students’ Union (MUSU).