NEHU to probe students’ allegations against Tura campus authorities

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SHILLONG, April 12: Authorities at the North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) have constituted an enquiry into allegations made by the university’s student union against authorities at its Tura campus.

The decision to constitute this enquiry was arrived at during a meeting between the NEHU vice chancellor Professor SK Srivastava and the members of the North Eastern Hill University Students’ Union (NEHUSU) on Friday following complaints and counter complaints between NEHUSU and Tura campus authorities.

The pro vice chancellor of the Tura campus in his FIR had alleged the leaders of the students’ union, who had conducted a two-day official visit to the campus, had also indulging in pelting stones at his residential quarter.

Countering this, the NEHUSU had also filed a complaint against the pro vice chancellor, and proctor of the Tura campus accusing them of racially abusing its members and also against the labourers for eve teasing its woman leader.

After the meeting, the adviser of the union Rangdajied Marwein informed that NEHUSU has demanded the immediate setting up of an inquiry committee which the vice chancellor agreed to such that the matter is resolved amicably.

“However, we have made it very clear that in the process of this inquiry committee, if there is any arrest against any of the 9-member delegation who went to Tura campus, the NEHUSU and the Joint Action Committee comprising different organisations in the university will no longer have any discussion with the administration and if there is any escalation in the campus, the union will take no responsibility for it,” he warned.

Marwein said that the matter was mutually resolved at the Tura campus but while the NEHUSU delegation was on its way to Shillong, a press release and an FIR was made by the Tura campus authority against the union.

“This was despite the fact that the NEHUSU president had already forgiven the proctor of the Tura campus. We have no option but to defend ourselves as manhandling a woman is a very serious charge. Our president had to also file an FIR against the pro vice chancellor, proctor and labourers of the Tura campus,” he added.

Earlier, NEHUSU president G Majaw informed that the committee will be headed by Professor Desmond Kharmawphlang even as she hoped that the students’ union will achieve its demands.

“We have demanded the Tura campus to tender apology and to drop all charges against us,” she said.