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Government suspends Sub-Inspector of Manipur Police and a Constable for inhumane conducts toward students protestors

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Imphal, 19 July 2018 ( Evening News ) : The Sub-Inspector of Manipur Police and the Constable whose inhumane conducts toward the student protestors injured many students including the General secretary of DESAM who was saved by a fluke from dying, have been suspended. Chief Minister Nongthomam Biren has also announced to bear all the medical expenses for the treatment of the General Secretary of DESAM, Shital Oinam whose left arm was critically injured during a recent students' protest. It maybe recalled that the students protestors led by DESAM stormed Chief Minister's Bungalow chanting slogans in demand for the ousting of the Vice Chancellor of Manipur University. Police personnel drove the protestors away. The protestors then marched toward BJP office at Nityaipat Chuthek. Intense scuffles ensued between the protesting students and police personnel who were trying to contain the situation near Keishampat. As the confrontation reached the mercury, police resorted to lathi charge and even pushed the students on the road in their efforts to drive them away. General Secretary of DESAM, Shital Oinam was one of victims in the scuffles during the agitation. He was suddenly pushed by one police personnel and as he stumbled on the road, a tanker ran over his left shoulder, leaving his left arm critically injured. He was immediately taken to Raj Medicity and is still undergoing treatment in the hospital. Chief Minister Biren visited the injured students undergoing treatment in Raj medicity today where he announced same. Biren maintained that the state cabinet had convened a meeting and held in-depth discussion on the resolute demand of MUSA, MUTA and MUSU for ousting the VC of Manipur University. He said the state government is earnestly pressuring the Centre to consider the same. The Chief Minister asserted that punishments cannot be awarded to anyone without proving one as guilty and hence an enquiry committee has been set up to probe the allegations against the VC. He assured that if found guilty, the VC will be ousted from his post. Biren also intimated that a meeting was held with the Governor of Manipur regarding the prevailing upheavals in the state. He added, the Governor had already intimated the President of the country on the prevailing issues of the state. Chief Minister maintained since Manipur University is a Central University, the state government has   limitations to intervene the University impasse on its own to bring normalcy in the academic atmosphere without getting the final report of the enquiring committee. Biren assured that his government is urging the Central government to bring resolution to the current crises. Chief Minister Biren said, even though the state government is still awaiting the enquiry committee's report to take befitted measures against the guilty, the Government has issued an order to suspend the Manipur police personnel who meted out inhumane conducts toward the students protestors after closely examining the video footages of the incidents.

On the other hand, President of DESAM, Aakash Salam has asserted that the students will not be contented until the Government issues an official notification on suspension of the 2 police personnel who treated the students protestors as enemies with their inhumane conduct. Speaking to media persons at Raj Medicity, Aakash maintained that the students will not back off until the demand of MUSU, MUTA and MUSA is met but will rather intensify the agitation. He said the State Government cannot run from the issue despite the University being a Central Varsity as the matter has aggravated. Akash appealed to the Officials of the State Government to pressurise the Centre as BJP is in Power in both the State and the Centre. He highlighted that the Education Minister is currently out of station when the situation concerning the students in the state is in dire need of attention and expressed disappointment that no comments can further be made. Deputy Chief Minister, Y. Joykumar, Minister Karam Shyam, V. Hankhalian, Th. Shyamkumar, Khaiyisii and Letpao Haokip accompanied the Chief Minister in the visit.

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