Militants kill labourers in Agricultural University of Manipur

June 23rd, 2009 - 10:20 pm ICT by ANI  

Imphal, June 23 (ANI): Students and teaching faculty of Manipur’ s Central Agricultural University recently conducted a sit-in to display anguish over a violent incident.

Two gunmen made their way inside the Central Agriculture University campus and shot six labourers engaged in construction work at the university. Three of them died on the spot, while others sustained bullet injuries.

The incident has created a sense of fear among students and staff.

Denouncing the violent act, students and the teaching staff staged a sit-in protest.

“Such unfortunate incidents that too within the campus, in front of student hostel is very unfortunate. It shouldn’t have taken place. We all are very concerned about it because students are coming here from different parts of North East for study purposes. Such incidents would definitely affect their morale. That can affect their studies,” said S.N.PURI, Vice Chancellor of Central Agriculture University.

“We condemn the killings. Such incident disturbs the academic atmosphere of this campus. We do not want those things happen. We want a peaceful academic atmosphere,” A. Herojit Singh , Associate Professor of CAU.

Students were busy preparing for Bachelor of Science in Agriculture examination that was scheduled for June 22 when the incident occurred.

The killings at the university have caused concern among the people of the State who have been appealing that educational institutions should be made a militancy free zone.

The incident has also caused fear and panic among students staying in the hostel.

“Now they are killing the laborers. After sometimes, they may kill us also. That is why we want safety for all of us,” said Susmita, a student. CAU

It has been pointed out to the militants who claim to represent the interests of the people that they are causing by targeting educational institutions. (ANI)

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