By M.Devanand Sharma
Imphal (Manipur) , Sept 26 : Two Hundred and eighty four eminent educationists from across the country and aboard serving at different Universities have shown their solidarity to the demand of the Manipur University community and expressed condemnation to the arbitrary arrest and incarceration of six teachers and nine students of Manipur University .
Six teachers and seven students have been sent to judicial custody for fifteen days, and the remaining two students for five days. Two more were picked up today.
The statement signed the 284 personalities stated that the arrests have been made under sections of the Indian Penal Code that invoke ‘an attempt to murder’, ‘wrongful confinement’, ‘extortion’, ‘kidnapping’ and ‘criminal conspiracy’ on the basis of a complaint made by Manipur University faculty , K. Yugindro Singh (and the suspended registrar M. Shyamkesho) on charges of attempt to murder and kidnapping. Following these arrests, the Manipur University campus has turned into a cantonment, the boys hostel has had tear gas shells and mock bombs rained down upon it all of Thursday night (20 September), Internet services shut down, and all normal academic life has come to a complete halt.
The 284 eminent personalities having been recognised at different fields appealed to the Visitor of Manipur University, the President of India to release all the teachers and students of Manipur University arrested Sept 21, and withdrawal of all charges and suspension orders without condition.
The statement also demanded removal of Yugindro Singh as VC in -charge. and be replaced by Prof. Viswanath Singh in his place , and Prof. Sougaijam Dorendrajit as registrar in- charge, and a strict adherence to all terms of the Memorandum of Agreement henceforth.
Among the 284 eminent personalities who signed in the statement includes – Noam Chomsky , Professor, University of Arizona, MIT emeritus, G C Spivak, Columbia University, Mahatma Gandhi Central University Teachers Association , Mahatma Gandhi Central University, Aaditya Kulkarni, Assistant Professor, Miranda House, University of Delhi, Abhijit Roy , Professor, Department of Film Studies, Jadavpur University, Aditya Nigam, Professor, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi, Andrew Simpson, Professor, University of Southern California, Ania Loomba, Professor, University of Pennsylvania, Anirban Baishya, University of Southern California, Anita, Professor, Ambedkar University, Delhi, Anupama Potluri, Assistant Professor, University of Hyderabad, Ayesha Kidwai, Professor,Jawaharlal Nehru University, Archana Prasad, Jawaharlal Nehru University,C P Chandrasekhar, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University Hima S, Research associate,Sikkim University, Associate Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Indira Ghose, Professor, University of Fribourg, Switzerland, etc.