IMPHAL, June 23 (Newmai): Expressing serious concern over the alleged threats and intimidations meted out to some students within the Manipur University “for their preoccupation with their studies” and for not participating in the ongoing agitations launched by the Manipur University Students’ Union (MUSU) on the issue of the removal of the Vice-Chancellor, the All Tribal Student Union, Manipur (ATSUM), the Kuki Student Organisation-General Headquarters (KSO-GHQ) and the All Naga Students’ Association, Manipur (ANSAM) “advised” the MUSU to refrain from “intimidating that is tantamount to human rights violation”. The three student bodies also asked the MUSU to stop “harassing and imposing against one’s will”.
In a joint statement signed by Vareiyo Shatsang, President of the ATSUM, Paotinthang Lupheng, President of the KSO-GHQ and Joseph Adani, President of the ANSAM, the three student organizations said that they will not tolerate “such threats and intimidations”.
“Elucidating the facts and instances, that the tribal students who are residing within the university hostel are subjected to immense mental and psychological torture for their reticence to participate in the agitation that is being launched within the campus with threats that they will not be allowed to stay in the hostel or their rooms will be locked if they do not participate in the agitation being launched,” alleged the three student bodies, adding, “ The agitators also warned the hostellers that they will be deprived of food, electricity and water facility if they do not participate in the agitation”.
According to the three student bodies, an honourable conclusion could be brought about with regard to the impasse through a peaceful dialogue “in spite of confrontational approach and diluting the sanctity of the university”. The ATSUM, the KSO-GHQ and the ANSAM then wondered, “It is also pertinent to mention as to why the scheduled examinations which was already initiated be put to a grinding halt for preposterous reasons”
The ATSUM, the KSO-GHQ and the ANSAM then expressed concern that the administrative block which is non-functional since day one of the agitation has caused serious harm to thousands of students affiliated under Manipur University. “As such the government and the concerned authority should step in and ensure its immediate functioning,” they added.
The three student organizations then pointed out that 35 colleges excluding private and aided colleges as well as premiere institutions in the domain of medical, technical, technological, agricultural and sports institutions functioning under Manipur University, directly or indirectly, are feeling the pinch of the closure of the varsity administrative block. “So, the proponents of the agitation should be willing to be held accountable for the losses that the students of Manipur had incurred from this agitation,” they maintained.
Demanding for resolving the stalemate at the earliest through parley, the apex tribal students’ bodies further “advised” the agitators to treat cautiously and with extreme caution so that the right and sentiment of others is respected.