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Police prevent students from entering CM�s bungalow

By Correspondent

IMPHAL, July 7 - Police today prevented a group of students from entering Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh�s official bungalow here to submit a memorandum demanding an end to the ongoing crisis at the Manipur University.

A State police team, which arrived at the scene, stopped the students at the gates of the bungalow. A scuffle also took place between the students and the police personnel in which some students were injured and had to be admitted to hospital. The incident occurred when the Chief Minister was attending an event here.

Condemning the action of the security forces on the �democratic and peaceful protest of the students,� the MUTA has demanded a magisterial enquiry into the incident. It has also resolved not to respond to any invitation by the Chief Minister in the wake of the police action.

The crisis at the Manipur University over the demand of the removal of Vice Chancellor Prof Adya Prasad Pandey has completely paralysed the functioning of the institution for 39 days without any intervention from the authorities concerned. The Manipur University Students� Union (MUSU) has launched an indefinite shutdown of the university since May 30.

The MUSU stir has also been supported by the Manipur University Teachers� Association (MUTA) and the Manipur University Staff Association.

The stalemate has already forced the deferment of the postgraduate examinations of the university, besides affecting the studies of more than 50,000 students studying in 97 affiliated colleges across the State. The sixth semester examination results have also not been declared as yet.

Meanwhile, demanding declaration of the results of the semester examinations without further delay, a functionary of the Joint College Students� Forum said the crisis needs immediate resolution.

The Democratic Students� Alliance of Manipur has warned the State Government and the Centre to resolve the university imbroglio by July 15 or face an intense agitation from the midnight of July 15.

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