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NEHUSU alleges communal stir

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SHILLONG, March 26: In the aftermath of the Holi scuffle at North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), things continue to turn bitter between the arguing groups with the NEHU Students’ Union (NEHUSU) calling out the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) for allegedly creating communal tension within the University.
The NEHUSU, on Tuesday, maintained that they will not allow the ABVP entry into the university.
Speaking to a section of the reporter after meeting the NEHU Vice Chancellor Prof Prabha Shankar Shukla, NEHUSU finance secretary Mandor B Diengdoh Swer said they have conveyed to the VC the purported attempt of outside forces to create communal tension in the university.
Swer maintained that NEHUSU is the lone student body in the university responsible for the welfare of the students. He also stated that the NEHUSU will not allow the ABVP to create its base in the university.
“We are already witnessing that the ABVP is playing dirty politics by asking our local students to speak on behalf of the organisation. This is an attempt to create a division amongst us,” the NEHUSU finance secretary said.
Meanwhile, NEHUSU vice president Easterson Sohtun, who was one of the two persons injured in the incident, denied the charges that he had disrupted the Holi celebration as alleged by the ABVP. Sohtun claimed to have gone to the place of incident with the security in-charge after noticing the presence of several outsiders within the campus.
According to Sohtun, the outsiders attacked first after the security-in-charge had asked them to show their identity card. “I had to respond as an act of self-defence. I was the one who had gone to lodge a complaint after being assaulted by them,” he said.

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