Students, Police clash over MU Entrance Test; many left injured

Photo: Ukhrul Times

Imphal: A violent confrontation occurred between students and Manipur police at Manipur University today concerning the university entrance test. In the process, numerous students and the Additional SP (Operation) of Imphal West District, M Amit, sustained injuries.

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On August 8, Manipur University announced that a three-day entrance test would be conducted starting today for admission to various departments’ first semester. The application form submission deadline was set for July 31. However, due to the prevailing unrest in the state and the internet services ban, many students were unable to submit their forms on time.  Students’ frustrations and concerns due to the tight application deadline amidst challenging circumstances were obvious during the scuffle.

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Students had reportedly requested the university to postpone the entrance exams, but their appeal was not accepted. As a result, students who were unable to submit their application forms congregated at the entrance of Manipur University and demanded that they be allowed to write the exam. A fierce scuffle unfolded as these aggrieved students clashed with the police, who were attempting to disperse them.

The protesting students set tires on fire in front of the university gate and even locked the gate to obstruct other students from appearing for the test. Some students explained that despite completing their application forms, their application processes were kept pending, which consequently prevented them from obtaining their admit cards. Despite the protest, the entrance test continued.

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