By M.Devanand Sharma
Imphal ( Manipur), Aug 3 : The Manipur University Students’ Union (MUSU) has asked all the students to refrain from participating in events related to the Indian Independence Day celebration. The state and Union governments have not shown any positive response to the genuine demands of the students and failed to resolve the prevailing issue and as such participation in the Independence Day celebration is meaningless, said MUSU president M Dayaman.
At the press conference here today, Dayaman asserted that in order to derail the movement of the students , a news magazine ‘ The Sunday Guardian’, published a report which stated that the Fact Finding Committee found Vice Chancellor Prof AP Pandey innocent and all charges levelled against him were declared null and void.
He also questioned the reliability of the source and asked the magazine’s publisher to clarify within two days. Otherwise, the union would ban the sale of said magazine in the state.
Dayaman made it clear that the Fact Finding Committee was constituted on July 12 and it was reconstituted again by appointing a retired Chief Justice on July 17. But the magazine mentioned that the committee started investigating from July 10 onwards. It is a move to demoralise the democratic movement of the students by publishing fake news, he said.
Meanwhile the MUTA (Manipur university Teachers Association) spokesperson professor N Nimai said that lack of support and empathy from the government has caused the protest to slow down. Nonetheless, they will continue to agitate until their demands are met,
There are many vested interested who are trying to sidetrack the protest by publishing fakes news of the fact-finding committee visiting the varsity and VC Pandey being exonerated from all charges. No one has come to visit the university and will not be allowed to enter MU, even if they come. Both the state government and the committee concerned need to clarify in this regard, he asserted.
If Manipur holds more importance, then the state government must try its level best and remove the VC Pandey. “If the state government can’t remove the VC, then how will it be able to resolve other major issues of the state?” he questioned