IMPHAL, July 17 - Student leaders today urged Manipur Governor Dr Najma Heptulla to intervene to help end the Manipur University impasse even as many student bodies extended support to a 48-hour general strike called by the Manipur University Students� Union from midnight.
A delegation of students, led by Democratic Students Alliance of Manipur (DESAM) president Salam Akash, requested the Governor to approach the Centre to help resolve the 48-day impasse over the removal of the varsity VC Adya Prasad Pandey.
The Governor assured them of all possible help. She reportedly told the student representatives that there was no political patronage for the VC. In the past, Heptulla has clarified that her role in the issue is limited since it is a Central university.
Akash later said that the ongoing students� campaign in the university was only aimed at students� welfare and that there was no political slant to the issue.
Meanwhile, Youth Congress supporters also took out a motorbike rally on Tuesday even as a group of girl students organised processions in parts of Imphal to condemn what they called �police excesses� on the protesting Manipur University students.
They demanded action by Wednesday afternoon against policemen who allegedly manhandled DESAM general secretary Sital Oinam whose hand was crushed under a tanker wheel after he was pushed to the ground.
Manipur Students� Federation president N Milan accused the Central and State governments of not caring for the welfare of students and protecting Pandey.
It may be recalled that a BJP delegation from Manipur yesterday urged Union minister Prakash Javadekar to review the composition of a committee set up by the HRD Ministry to probe allegations of administrative negligence and misuse of funds by the Manipur University VC.
The 30-member delegation, led by Chief Minister N Biren Singh, met the Union HRD Minister in the national capital and apprised him of the ongoing impasse at the central university. � IANS