Governor agreeable on judicial probe into MU raid: RK Anand

IMPHAL, 16th Oct: The Governor is agreeable on the demand of Committee of Political Parties for launching a judicial enquiry into the midnight raid by armed security forces at Manipur University without any authorisation from the varsity, Committee convener RK Anand. Representatives of nine political parties of Manipur met Governor Dr Najma Heptulla on Tuesday and submitted a memorandum detailing the declaration taken during the People’s Political Convention organised by the Committee on September 29 at MSFDC auditorium regarding issues plaguing the state.

Speaking to newspersons at Congress Bhavan, RK Anand informed that a memorandum was submitted to the Governor regarding the problems besetting the state. While condemning the midnight raid, he said that the Governor expressed keenness to implement demands put forth by the Committee for ensuring normalcy at MU and conducting judicial enquiry. There has never been such incident anywhere in the world where security forces raided a university without the consent of institute’s VC, warden or authority concerned. The Governor was agreeable to the demand for judicial enquiry into the matter so that such incidents do not recur, he asserted.

RK Anand also expressed shock over jailed teachers brought to the hospital in handcuffs and said that it is clear cut case of abuse of human rights. Not only the Supreme Court but the Constitution of India does not allow such insult to human dignity. The Committee condemns it highly and the personnel involved in the case should be punished immediately, he maintained. On raising the matter, the Governor also showed her disapproval and assured that she will talk about it with authority concerned, he added.

Anand further stated that the Committee denounces the Framework Agreement (FA) signed between the NSCN-IM and Government of India and the committee will oppose its implementation. On such a sensitive issue, interlocutor R N Ravi has been giving controversial statement like granting autonomy to Manipuri Nagas by enacting an Act similar to Article 371(A) of Nagaland and formation of an autonomous council for Nagas. He should refrain from giving such comments. If any of his comments are implemented, the Committee will oppose it tooth and nail, he warned.

RK Anand disclosed that on conveying their disapproval of R N Ravi’s statements, the Governor assured that she would soon visit New Delhi and ask the interlocutor to exercise restrain. Expressing discontentment over the Citizen (Amendment) Bill, 2016, Anand said that the Committee will never agree to the Bill which is in favour of a particular community. The Committee will always stand by the principle of democracy, secularism and socialism imbibed in the Constitution of India.

RK Anand also stated that the Committee is highly critical of the steep rise in prices of essential commodities. On the issue of dispute over the boundary demarcation between India and Myanmar, the Committee has asked the Governor to demarcate the boundary based on the traditional boundary of Manipur, he added.

Also present at the press conference, CPI leader Dr M Nara claimed that even after request to convene special assembly session to thoroughly discuss various issues plaguing the state, the state government has shown no positive response. According to the Constitution of India, there should be a minimum sitting of 55 days by a legislative assembly but in Manipur, assembly sitting seldom covers 30 days.

As the Governor is an ex-speaker of Lok Sabha, she assured to talk to the government on this issue. She also gave positive responses to the queries put up by the Committee on rising inflation and Framework Agreement, he said. Ex-MLA Dr Ng Bijoy and leaders of nine political parties who are members of the Committee were also present during the press conference.

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