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Violence erupts at Manipur varsity, cops fire tear gas shells

Press Trust of India  |  Imphal 

A clash had broken out between the protesting students and a group of people that demanded "resumption of classes" at University in West district, where prohibitory order under Section 144 CrPC had been in force since July 25, a senior said.

Police had to fire tear and mock bombs to disperse the mob, he said.

"A group of people, with no possible affiliation, entered into a heated altercation with the students, who were holding silent protests at the institute yesterday under the aegis of (MUSU). The altercation soon led to a clash, prompting police to take action," the said.

Academic activities at the central university have been under suspension for over two months as teachers, students and staff members there have been demanding the removal of AP Pandey over allegations of administrative negligence and financial irregularities.

The district administration, last week, issued a separate order preventing demonstrations in and around the university.

Despite the prohibitory orders, the agitators, after the altercation, tried to take out a rally from the main gate of the institute yesterday, the said.

"The police officers had to fire tear and mock bombs to disperse the local people as well as the students, who turned violent after they were stopped from taking out the rally," he added.

A MUSU functionary said four students have sustained in the clash, a claim refuted by the police officers.

He also said that similar rallies were taken out yesterday at Senapati, Kangpok and Churachandpur districts by the students' bodies.

"In Senapati district, which has a predominant Naga population, at least 2000 protesters participated in a rally yesterday. At Churachandpur and Kangpok districts, too, the students took to the streets, seeking redressal of their grievances," the MUSU member added.

L Debananda, a of University Teachers Association (MUTA), said the situation at the university changed for worse after the police last week dismantled a makeshift camp of the agitating bodies at the entrance gate of the university.

Additionally, the detention of a MUSU functionary over charges that he defaced the images of the and tore posters of his flagship programmes also infuriated the students, he claimed.

Y Joykumar had on Sunday appealed to the protesting students and teachers to cooperate with the and the in restoring normalcy at the university.

He also urged the agitators to keep faith in the administration, which has the "best interests of the students" in mind.

Pandey was sent on a month's leave on August 2 on the advice of He was replaced by W

An inquiry committee, constituted by the ministry last month, is currently looking into the allegations of negligence and irregularities.

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First Published: Tue, August 07 2018. 15:20 IST
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