MU security guard physically abuses girl student [Imphal Free Press]

IMPHAL, October 27: Students of Manipur University once again faced harassment from ill-mannered security personnel right inside the university campus.

A drunken security guard of Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) posted at the Main Gate of Manipur University today physically abused a student girl of third semester of mass communication department.

According to the victim, the incident happened at around 1 pm when she along with one of her friend came out of their classroom to receive her cousin brothers who came to the university for submitting the application form of National Eligibility Test (NET). However, the security personnel at the main gate prevented her brothers from entering the campus even after showing them necessary documents.

She argued with the security guards as to why her brothers were prevented from entering the campus when others are allowed to enter the campus by depositing their identity cards with the security guards at the main gate.

Her friend also joined in the argument. The security personnel later allowed her brothers to enter the campus, but the guard began to taunt her asking unrelated questions about her brothers while they were signing in the entry book.

She scolded the guard for asking nonsense questions to her. The security guard then pushed her on her chest and tried to hit her. In feat of anger and humility, the victim also tried to slap the ill-mannered guard.

On hearing the news of physical abuse to a girl student, the students of Manipur University gathered at the mass communication department and strongly protested against the conduct of ill-mannered security guards.

The vice-chancellor of the university, Prof HNK Sarma, registrar N Lokendra and dean of School of Social Sciences, Prof Amar Yumnam came to pacify the irate students.

The university officials also took the statement of both the victim and the accused security guard. The vice-chancellor further assured to the students of taking up necessary action against the erring security guard.

The victim student was also examined by a medical team of the university after she became emotionally disturbed in the aftermath of the incident.

One student of mass communication department told IFP stated that such incidents had happened many times in the past. The security personnel have been giving torments to the students rather than ensuring a peaceful academic environment at Manipur University.

The university authorities should take the matter of abusing girl student seriously and report the mater to the highest authority, he enjoined.

Source: Imphal Free Press

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CBI frames five Manipur University employees [The Sangai Express]

IMPHAL, Oct 21: The Cen-tral Bureau of Investigation (CBI) which has been pro-bing into alleged faulty pro- cess of allotting contract works in Manipur Universi-ty has framed chargesheets against five employees of the State.
The investigating agen-cy has also chargesheeted three ZRA cadres for their role in drawing money from UBI Churachandpur branch, in another case.

A reliable source inform-ed The Sangai Express that CBI would further probe in-to many other cases related with corruption in the State.

The five employees against whom the CBI has filed chargesheets in the Court are Executive Engin-eer Kh Shyamchandra, As- sistant Engineer L Megha-chandra, University Engineer S Rajen, Engineering Supervisor K Dhanabati and Library Assistant Th Shyam.

The CBI submitted the chargesheets in the Court of Special Judge, Imphal East on June 17, this year.

In the course of the inve-stigation, CBI found that Dhanabati forged signature of a contractor and allotted the contract work for ground improvement near the university hospital to a firm of her choice.

The contract work requi-red three different quota- tions. But all the three rate quotations were modified by Dhanabati using some liquid.

On the other hand, with regard to the deceitful withdrawal of Rs 4.54 crores out of the Multi Sectorial Development Programme fund from UBI Churachandpur branch in October 2009, the CBI has submitted its chargesheets in the Court of CJM Churachandpur in April this year.

Churachandpur Police had already registered a case and started investigation into the case but it was handed over to the CBI mid way by an order of the State Government.

The CBI started its investigation into the case since March last year.

Although the whole amount was paid back by the ZRA, three of its cadres were identified as the prime accused for drawing the amount fraudulently.

In connection with this case, one ZRA cadre was apprehended by Assam Rifles and handed over to the CBI.

The cadre is currently in judicial custody while the three prime accused are still at large.

Source: The Sangai Express

Mass campaign to precede International Drug Users Day observance [The Sangai Express]

Imphal, Oct 16: Ahead of the International Drug Users Day observance on November 1, the Community Network for Empowerment (CoNE) will embark on a mass campaign from tomorrow under the theme ‘A new beginning for a long journey’.

a state level network of 13 community based organisations of people who use drugs in Manipur, newly elected CoNE president RK Nolinikanta said a media briefing that in addition to being vulnerable to HIV, people who use drugs are susceptible to viral hepatitis and tuberculosis infections, sexually transmitted infections, other bacterial infections and death by overdose.

The prevalence of infection of hepatitis C, which is more infectious than HIV, among people who inject drugs in many districts of Manipur has been reported to be even higher, in some cases as high as 90 per cent, the CoNE president pointed out.

Informing that an orientation programme  of musicians and volunteers for the campaign was conducted on October 11, Nolinikanta highlighted that the campaign with cover almost all the districts.

“The HIV response is insufficiently grounded in evidence and fails to meet international legal obligations to promote, protect and respect human rights”, he said with the observation that drug users living with HIV are subjected to a double stigma and often experience discrimination when attempting to access HIV prevention services.

“Care and support services are alarmingly inaccessible for them and those that are available too are generally not tailored to their specific needs, even in instances where programming and funding for HIV programs have otherwise expanded considerably,” he added.

Chipping in CoNE secretary M Gandhar highlighted that drug users face additional barriers due to the fact that drug use carries with it a high degree of stigma, both within the general community and among health care workers, further marginalizing people with drug dependence problems.

“This means that HIV interventions may not be available to them, or that drug users are unable or unwilling to access services from fear of discrimination”, he maintained while noting that female drug users and female partners of male drug users can be especially vulnerable.

“This is not only because of the possible overlap of unsafe injecting and unsafe sexual practices, but also because of the notable lack of gender-specific policies and services, which results in a failure to address the specific needs of women. Extra effort is therefore needed to ensure that prevention strategies are based on principles of social inclusion,” Gandhar suggested.

With regard to the ensuing events Nolinikanta said the campaign will focus on organizing road shows in all districts, quiz, seminar with Manipur University, blood donation, poster campaign, music concerts etc. to raise awareness about dignity and respect of human life, access to care, treatment and support systems for people who use drugs.

The observation will give the opportunity of coming together of people who use drugs and various community stakeholders-law enforcement agencies, health care workers and community leaders underlying the need to involve the people who use drugs as citizens in the response to the drug use menace and its related consequences, he added.

Source: The Sangai Express

Meritorious student feted [The Sangai Express]

IMPHAL, Oct 16: Nupi Khunai, Liwa Road Bokul Makhong has feted Maibam Valentina Chanu who secured first class first in the 4th semester examination of MSc Biochemistry conducted by Manipur University.

A reception ceremony to honour the meritorious student, who has won Kangjam ongbi Nungshina Memorial Gold Medal, was organised at YMDA ground today.

Social worker Th Iboyaima, Nupi Khunai Meira Paibi president W Wangolleima and Poirei Leimarol Meira Paibi Apunba Manipur president L Memchoubi were present in the function as chief guest, president and guest of honour respectively.

Gifts were presented to Velentina by Nupi Khunai Meira Paibi in today’s function.

Source: The Sangai Express

Stringent security measures for MU, assures VC [ Hueiyen Lanpao ]

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Imphal, October 14: In order to prevent any unwanted incidents and maintain peaceful academic atmosphere inside the campus of Manipur University, stringent security measures will be taken in and around Manipur University, assured  Professor H Nandakumar, Vice Chancellor today.

It was unfortunate for a responsible police officer to enter the university campus and disturb the peaceful academic atmosphere of the university. Moreover there are reports of some police personnel entering the university campus on holidays to tease and flirt with the girl students.

Alleging that the present security in charge of the University seems to lack sincerity in his duty, Professor Nandakumar said that he will appeal to concerned authority to replace him with another sincere police officer and stop the entry to security personnel inside the University campus without permission of higher authority. The present security arrangement was made by the Home Ministry after the murder of Professor Islamuddin, he added.

Talking about the demands for the revival of students’ union of the University, he said that he will discuss the matter with the Legal advisor of University Grant Commission (UGC) since it requires permission from the President of India.

Source: Hueiyen Lanpao

Manipur University Youth Festival from November 14 [Hueiyen Lanpao]

Imphal, October 14: The silver jubilee of Manipur University Inter-College Youth Festival, 2011 would be held from November 14 to 16 at the University complex.

The main objective of the festival is to promote art and culture, foster the idea of brotherhood and bring about emotional integration among students of different communities through cultural activities.

As per the guidelines of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), the major features of the festival would include music, dance, theatre, literary events and fine arts. The Sanoujam Sajor Singh Memorial Championship Trophy (running) donated by retired Captain Sanoujam Ingo Singh, former Deputy Registrar of the University would be awarded to the champion team while the Thounaojam Budhachandra Memorial trophy donated by Prof Th Ratankumar Singh would be awarded to the winner in the event of debating competition.

Source: Hueiyen Lanpao

Natl symposium on Biotechnology [Hueiyen Lanpao]

Imphal, October 14: A two- day national symposium on “Recent Advancement in Bio Technology” began today at the DM College of Science, Imphal. Department of Bio-technology Institutional Biotech Hub in association with Zoology Department of DM College of Science organised the symposium under the sponsorship of Ministry of Science and Technology.

VC, Manipur University Professor H Nandakumar and Principal DM College of Science Dr P Ranbir graced the inaugural function as Chief Guest and President respectively. Former Vice Chancellor, Manipur University, Professor N Tombi and Coordinator, IBTHUB Dr O Sashikumar also attended the function as Guests of Honour.


Source: Hueiyen Lanpao

Manipur University incident condemned

Imphal, October 13: All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU), Manipuri Students’ Federation (MSF), Democratic Students’ Alliance of Manipur (DESAM), Kangleipak Students’ Association (KSA), Students’ Welfare Association of Kangleipak (SWAK) and Students’ Union of Kangleipak (SUK) have come out strongly against the last night’s incident at Manipur University in which a police team led by one Sub-Inspector P Poujalung of Sangsat Police Station, UKhrul drove inside the University campus in a numberless bullet proof Gypsy and assaulted students as well as Home Guard personnel on security duty at Mens’ Hostel no. 3.

In a joint statement, Secretary General of AMSU Dipanjit Ningthoujam, President of MSF Ng Milan, Assistant Secretary General of DESAM Arambam Thoithoi, General Secretary of KSA Ph Manao, General Secretary of SWAK Sinam Punsiba and President of SUK L Jayantakumar denounced the conduct of the armed police team in barging in and assaulting the student hostellers and security guards without any valid reason as an act of cowardice. It is a challenge against student community, the joint statement said, while questioning with whose permission and for what reason the drunk police team had entered the University campus in a numberless vehicle and why an attempt on the lives of the student hostellers was made.

The campus of Manipur University is one place where there is restriction on the entry of students at any time of the night, the joint statement pointed out, and demanded the Government of Manipur to take up necessary action against the police team involved in the last night’s incident so as to ensure that similar incidents are not repeated.

Otherwise, the Government should be held responsible for any eventuality in this regard, the joint statement observed categorically.

The joint statement also hailed the student hostellers of the University for teaching a lesson to the intruding police team fearlessly.

Source: Hueiyen Lanpao

Erring police officer remanded for two days

IMPHAL, October 13: The police officer who was beaten up by the hostellers of Manipur University yesterday night for bullying the students was arrested by Singjamei Police today morning.

The arrested police officer is identified as sub-inspector P Poujalung posted at Sangsat Police Station in Ukhrul district.

He was produced before the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Imphal and was given police remand for two days.

It may be mentioned that a team of unarmed police personnel led by SI Poujalung came to Manipur University in a bullet proof Gypsy which had no vehicle registration number. The police officer then barged into the Boys’ Hostel No. 3 and began to bully some students who were playing table tennis in the common room in a drunken manner. One of the senior hostellers intervened and asked the officer not to disturb the hostellers.

However, a scuffle broke out between the police personnel and the hostellers. The hostellers beat the police officer while the other personnel fled from the hostel.

The police officer was then locked up in a room while the hostellers blocked the Singjamei police team from entering the university campus. The irate hostellers overturned the Gypsy in which the drunk police personnel came.

More police personnel including Assam Rifles personnel rushed to the hostel to control the mob. Imphal West Additional SP Herojit, SDPO Bikramjit and OCs of Singjamei and Imphal PS also came to the spot.

The police were blocked from entering the hostel until the police officer locked up in a room was reported to have fled from the hostel.

Dean of Students’ Welafre Prof Ratankumar also visited the hostellers and assured them of necessary action from the side of the university authorities.

The high ranking police officers present at the spot assured the hostellers that the erring police officer will be suspended and an inquiry will be initiated to take necessary action against him.

Source: Imphal Free Press

MU students detain police officer, overturn bullet proof gypsy

Imphal, October 12: Infuriated students of Manipur University detained one police officer who drove inside the University at night and acted rudely to some student hostellers. Four escort personnel who came along the police officer, however, managed to escape the fury of the agitated students.

The agitated students also over-turned the vehicle in which the police personnel have come upside down. The incident occurred at around 10.15 pm today.

It may be noted here that entry of people with exception of students and staff, are restricted inside the University campus at night.
The police officer who was detained by the agitated students has been identified as Sub-Inspector P Poujalung. He is said to be currently posted in Shangsak police station of Ukhrul district.

According to the agitated students, the police team led by Sub-Inspector Poujalung drove their bullet-proof Gypsy inside the University campus. Poujalung was fully drunk and went straight to Boys’ Hostel No. 3 where he not only asked many irrelevant questions to some of the students there but also tried to beat them up.

Infuriated at his conduct, student hostellers overpowered Poujalung and attacked him. Sensing danger, the escort personnel who came along with Poujakung fled from the scene.

Later on, infuriated students over-turned the bullet-proof Gypsy upside down. On hearing the news of the incident, OC of Imphal Police Station and other Police Officers rushed in. But they were prevented from entering the campus by the angry slogan shouting students.

Earlier in the day, All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU), Democratic Students’ Alliance of Manipur (DESAM), Kangleipak Students’ Association (KSA), Manipuri Students’ Federation (MSF) and Students’ Union, Kangleipak (SUK) have jointly petitioned for revival of Manipur University Students’ Union (MUSU).

In a representation submitted to the Vice Chancellor of Manipur University, the five student bodies observed that it is imperative to have a democratic body of elected representatives of the students in Manipur University. However, it is unfortunate that, while conversion of the then State University to a Central University has led to suppression of the democratic rights of the students to have a Union of their own in the campus, it has also legalized the presence of armed security personnel of the state in and around the campus on a permanent basis. Thus, the students of the University have been always at the receiving end of the whims of the security personnel even to the extent of begging for entry to their respective residential places inside the campus, especially after the official hours. On the other hand, a large number of non-bonafide people including the self-styled contractors and their workers, simple trespassers, etc have been gaining immediate entry anytime of the day.

The representation jointly signed by General Secretary AMSU, Dipanjit Ningt-houjam, Secretary General DESAM, Moirangthem Angamba, Secretary General KSA, Phoutakpam Manao, General Secretary MSF , Warepam Chitaranjan and President SUK, L Jayantakumar Khuman further pointed out that in the absence of a Union of their own, the students of Manipur University have not only been deprived of their basic rights but also of the opportunities to gather under one common academic platform where they can share experiences and discuss academic issues from different perspectives.

It is ironic that the students are not allowed to have their own Union when every other community in the University including the contractors (MUCA) could have, the joint representation noted.

Source: Hueiyen Lanpao