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Manipur University news updates: BHU council mulls suspending AP Pandey from university over MU raid controversy

Manipur University news LIVE updates: According to the highly placed sources in the Banaras Hindu University (BHU), the executive council is now contemplating suspending AP Pandey from the university. The decision is being taken in view of controversies surrounding Pandey.

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Manipur University news updates: BHU council mulls suspending AP Pandey from university over MU raid controversy

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Sept 21, 2018 - 15:41 (IST)

Internet services suspended in Manipur for next five days

According to IANS, internet services in Manipur have been suspended for the next five days.

Sept 21, 2018 - 14:59 (IST)

Slogans against V-C AP Pandey

Slogans such as 'The End. A.P Pandey' and 'Remove AP Pandey' could be seen spraypainted across the Manipur University campus. 

Sept 21, 2018 - 14:51 (IST)

Security officials came to hostel around 1 am in riot gear, fired tear gas shells at students, says student

Here is a first person account, from a student present on campus and who requested anonymity, of what happened on Thursday midnight when security personnel entered Manipur University and arrested nearly 100 students and faculty members:

"I had just given the first paper of my final semester examination. I had dinner at around 9 pm after which I was in my hostel room, preparing for the second exam which was scheduled for today (Friday). At around 1 am, I heard noises from outside my room. When I stepped out, I saw many of my hostel mates moving towards the ground floor. When I looked down, I saw police officials, fully armed, arguing with students. I went to the ground floor myself where the police were saying that they wanted to search our hostel as they were looking for particular students. We, along with our warden, questioned the police as to why they were doing this at 1.30 am.

We told them that we have an exam scheduled for the next day and that they are free to do what they want when there is daylight. There were at least 40 officials inside my hostel. Our hostel complex has five hostels with a lawn in the middle. I could see that  the police had entered all the hostels and close to 400 of them had occupied the lawns. I don’t know if there were any other paramilitary officials as it was dark but they were all in riot gear. The hostel complex is more than a kilometre from the central gate of the University. When we asked them how they entered the university premises and if they’ve permission from the Registrar, they said they’ve all the orders required. But they didn’t show us any papers.

While talks were ongoing to arrive at a solution, out of nowhere, a tear gas shell was fired in the direction of my hostel. This caused panic and some of the students ran out. I ran towards the lawn when a shell hit my right arm. I tripped and fell down. As I was trying to pick myself up, I saw more tear gas shells being fired and students running around in panic. I made my way back to my hostel. We locked ourselves up in different rooms but had to open when the police officials came. They would ask us if we knew the whereabouts of certain students. Even if we said no, they would repeat the search process after an hour. Every hour, we checked if they’ve left the hostel premises but they still haven’t. At 7 am, as my fingers were bleeding from coming in contact with the tear gas shell, I went along with a friend to the university hospital. On my way to and back, I saw that police officials have spread themselves out across the university and their numbers had increased. They are still here, as we speak. We are trying to confine ourselves to our rooms as every time we step out we are being questioned."

Sept 21, 2018 - 14:42 (IST)

Midnight raids were 'undemocratic', says Congress leader and ex-CM Okram Ibobi Singh 

In a press conference that was conducted by the Congress, ex-chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh said the incident that took place on Thursday night at the Manipur University is undemocratic. He said that the Congress party will not stand as a mute spectator. In order to bring about a state of normalcy, the government should release the students and the teachers they picked up on Thursday night, he said. He also added that a proper channel of dialogue between the government, the university authorities and the student and teacher's body should be initiated.

Input by D Devchandra Sharma/101 Reporters

Sept 21, 2018 - 14:29 (IST)

Yugindro Singh takes over as V-C in-charge; midnight raids conducted after he filed FIR

Vice Chancellor in-charge, Professor K Yugindro Singh and Registrar in-charge Shyam Kesho arrived at the university late morning on Thursday. They were forced to sign an apology letter by the MU Students Union, the MU Teachers Union and the MU Staff Association. The apology letter said that they regretted acting against the interests of the university. Later, based on the FIR they filed at the Singjamei police station, the raid was conducted on Thursday night.

Input by Armstrong/101 Reporters

Image courtesy: Sunzu Bachaspatimayum (roving reporter)

Sept 21, 2018 - 14:24 (IST)

Police intervened due to breakdown of law and order on campus, says Manipur govt

Speaking to Firstpost, Manipur education minister Thokchom Radheshyam said the government wanted classes to run smoothly but the police had to intervene due to breakdown of law and order, which resulted in some violence.

"We want to have a peaceful atmosphere in the university. We want the classes to run smoothly. The police had to intervene because there was a breakdown of law and order situation due to some miscreants. There was some violence. We are in touch with the Central government. The V-C will be able to give a better picture. I cannot comment when total normalcy will be restored but as of now, the situation is peaceful in the campus," he said. 

Sept 21, 2018 - 14:17 (IST)

BHU executive council mulls suspending AP Pandey from university

According to the highly placed sources in the Banaras Hindu University (BHU), the executive council is now contemplating suspending AP Pandey from the university. The decision is being taken in view of controversies surrounding Pandey. The next meeting of the executive coucil is scheduled to be held in the last week of this month. Pandey is a professor in economics department of the BHU and was sent to Manipur university on deputation.

Input by Saurabh Sharma/101Reporters.

Sept 21, 2018 - 14:14 (IST)

Need to take action to restore normalcy, says Registrar in-charge Shyam Kesho

"If you don't take any action... when I say action, I don't mean action against students... but unless we don't take up official procedure, how long will the university remain as how it was before yesterday's events? There was a huge confusion amid the general public as to whom to cooperate with," Registrar in-charge Shyam Kesho said.

Sept 21, 2018 - 14:02 (IST)

Vice-Chancellor's office being broke open

Sept 21, 2018 - 13:52 (IST)

Pro V-C Yugindro Singh says MUTA leaders harassed him on Thursday

Claiming that he was harassed and grilled by Manipur University Teachers Association (MUTA) leaders on Thursday, Manipur University's Pro V-C Yugindro Singh said, "Yesterday, for the first time in my long service in the university, I had a terrible time at the hands of some MUTA leaders and some student leaders. They confined me, harassed me and forced me to sign a printed paper. I signed it just to escape the spot. I was detained for about two hours. I had a very difficult time. They locked the rooms."

Manipur University news LATEST updates: According to the highly placed sources in the Banaras Hindu University (BHU), the executive council is now contemplating suspending AP Pandey from the university. The decision is being taken in view of controversies surrounding Pandey. The next meeting of the executive coucil is scheduled to be held in the last week of this month. Pandey is a professor in economics department of the BHU and was sent to Manipur university on deputation.

Speaking to Firstpost, Manipur education minister Thokchom Radheshyam said the government wanted classes to run smoothly but the police had to intervene due to breakdown of law and order, which resulted in some violence.

Vice-Chancellor in-charge, Professor K Yugindro Singh and Registrar in-charge Shyam Kesho arrived at the university late morning on Thursday. They were forced to sign an apology letter by the Manipur University Students Union, the MU Teachers Union and the MU Staff Association. The apology letter said that they regretted acting against the interests of the university. Later, based on the FIR they filed at the Singjamei police station, the raid was conducted on Thursday night.

Professor Amar Yumnam, the head of Manipur University's economics department said that from November 2016 to May 2018, V-C AP Pandey was out of station for more than six months. He also said that Pandey attended office only after 12.30 pm when he was in town.

Manipur University news updates BHU council mulls suspending AP Pandey from university over MU raid controversy

Heavy security deployment around Manipur University campus. Image courtesy: Sunzu Bachaspatimayum

Jogeshchandra Haobam, Imphal West SP, has confirmed that 89 students and 6 professors have been detained at different police stations namely the Imphal police station, the Singjamei police station and the Lamphel police station. They will be produced before the court of Judicial Magistrate Imphal West on Friday.

The Manipur University Students Union general secretary Laishram Kendy claimed that more than 100 students and faculty members were taken into police custody during the midnight raids on Thursday night. When students asked for a reason, security officials offered none, and said they could do whatever they want, claimed Kendy.

Several students and faculty members have been arrested by the police. The administration, Army, or even the Manipur government has not issued any statement over Thursday's raids. Meanwhile, students have not been allowed to leave the campus premises.

The midnight raids at Manipur University on Thursday night were planned in advance, said local reporters. The police team with arms and ammunition conducted the raid after they confirmed that all newspapers had completed publication. The police did not take permission from the varsity proctor, which is mandatory, before conducting the raid.

Condemning the violence on the Manipur University campus on Thursday night, Manipur Students' Association Delhi said V-C AP Pandey had close connections to the RSS and BJP.

Student movement has been restricted across the Manipur University campus. Students are not being allowed to go anywhere outside their hostel without the permission of the police.

Fifty-five students from Hostel No. 5 in the Manipur University campus have reportedly been missing since Thursday night, when the raids took place.

As per latest reports, the Manipur government has suspended mobile data service in Imphal area, due to the violence and arrests which took place on the campus of the university on Thursday midnight.

About 90 students have been arrested from hostels and many injured following massive tear gas and mock bomb attacks which took place inside Manipur University at midnight on Thursday, after Vice Chancellor AP Pandey was placed under suspension since Tuesday.

Pandey has been placed under suspension by the president, in his capacity as the visitor of the university, officials said.

Manipur University is a Central University. The order issued by the Ministry of Human Resource Development Monday said, "Taking into account the volatile law and order situation in the campus, Pandey has been placed under suspension till the completion of the enquiry and action to be taken thereon in the interest of justice for free and fair enquiry or till further order."

The suspension order signed by deputy secretary of the higher education department of HRD Ministry said "The Manipur government had informed that the agitation against Pandey has led to serious law and order problem and administrative crises in the state."

Meanwhile, a two-member independent committee, which was instituted by the HRD ministry to probe into the alleged administrative and financial irregularities of Pandey had started working on 6 September.

The enquiry committee which had asked all stakeholders to submit relevant details till 16 September had extended the deadline till 24 September.

Justice (retired) T Nandakumar is the head of the committee while Professor MK Choudhury is the member.

The agitating bodies — Manipur University Teachers Association (MUTA), Manipur University Staffs Association (MUSA) and Manipur University Students Union (MUSU) — had submitted their written affidavits to the committee.

The committee has in a statement said he (Pandey) has to appear before it in person for "three consecutive days" beginning 26 September wherein all witnesses will be examined.

The 85-day agitation by MUSU, MUTA and MUSA had paralysed functioning of the Manipur university. The MUSU, MUTA and MUSA are demanding the removal of Pandey alleging administrative and financial irregularities by him.

The agitation ended on 22 August and the university started functioning from 23 August with Pandey proceeding on leave.

But resuming of duties by Pandey has further deteriorated the atmosphere of the university, the order added.

With inputs from PTI

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