IMPHAL Nov 3: Irate hostellers of Manipur University ladies hostel No. 1, (Urerei Hostel) held a protest within the university campus today demanding the removal of the Hostel warden and the caretaker. The protest broke out following the imposition of unreasonable fines slapped on the students by the warden. Reports stated that a fine of Rs 50 was imposed on the hosteliers in case the students left scraps of food from their daily meals. The warden also imposed another stricture that the girls should be inside their rooms by 5 pm and meals cannot be brought inside the hostel rooms.
The rules have been implemented since yesterday and the warden had threatened that anyone found violating the norms should leave the hostel. Some of the girls complained that fines have been collected from them for coming late and no receipt acknowledging the formal order was given to them.
Today, the warden Kanchan Sharma allegedly told three students to vacate their rooms following their non compliance of her norms. A MCA 1st year student namely L Tamubi was told to leave the hostel on the charge of not finishing her meal and another two students Golmei Jeluna and Asinmei were also ordered to leave on the charge that both of them had their meals together inside Asinmei’s room. Following the announcement, the outraged boarders refused to go inside the hostel until the warden Kanchan Sharma and caretaker L.Ragini Devi are replaced immediately .Complaints from the students further states that the warden and the caretaker remain deaf to the complaints raised by the girls and both of them allegedly keeps some undergraduate girls at the hostel at present when there are university students waiting to apply for rooms at the hostel.
Late reports stated that a tussle broke out between the boarders and the security persons after negotiations between the students and the university dean failed to arrive to a conclusion.
IFP reporter who went to cover the incident was denied entry by the security posted at the university gate on grounds that no one is allowed inside the campus without prior permission from the vice chancellor of the institution.