Manipur | Two policemen suspended for manhandling student protestors
IMPHAL, July 20, 2018: Two police personnel have been suspended for using excessive force against student protestors, injuring many, in agitations demanding the removal of Manipur University vice-chancellor, Adya Prasad Pandey.
The accused include a sub-inspector and a head constable.
Chief minister, N. Biren Singh on Thursday visited the injured students including a student leader, Shital Oinam, whose left hand got fractured after a truck ran over it during a scuffle between the students and police on Monday in front of Manipur BJP office.
Biren Singh said,"I was shocked to see the video footage of the police crackdown on students who were trying to storm the Raj Bhavan and BJP office demanding removal of Manipur University Vice Chancellor A.P. Pandey."
Speaking to media persons on the sideline of the visit, Biren said, "A sub-inspector and a constable have been put under suspension after the video clipping of lathi-charge by the police has been analysed. All the medical expenses of the injured students would be borne by the State government".
The police department has also started departmental proceedings against the two policemen for their grave misconduct and dereliction of duty.
Clarifying on the initiatives of the state government, Biren said, his government fully empathises with the Manipur University community.
He added that as per the wish of the Manipur University community, the state government persuaded the central government to form a committee headed by a retired Chief Justice of a High Court to investigate the allegations against the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Adya Prasad Pandey.
"If Prof. Pandey is found guilty in the investigation, then he will be ousted automatically", he added.
The agitating Manipur University community, who alleged Pandey of administrative and financial irregularities in the campus, however, is demanding the removal of Pandey before constituting any form of inquiry.
The chief minister further said that as Manipur University is a central university, the state government has certain limitations.
"We have also met the Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla yesterday and apprised of the situation. The Governor has already informed the President of India about the gravity of the current situation", he added.
TNT News with inputs from Imphal Free Press
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