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NEHU clarifies on attack on students inside hostel, denies communal angle

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Shillong, Sept 19: The North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) on Tuesday said the recent scuffle among students residing in the hostel was in no way related to communal issues.

The Monday night incident, which involved a verbal altercation and physical confrontation among students residing in the hostel, was related to disagreements regarding the rules and regulations governing hostel life.

Immediate action was taken to diffuse the situation and ensure the safety and well-being of all students involved.

The Dean of Students Welfare, Warden of Hostel 19 and the University’s Security Officer promptly arrived at the scene to pacify the situation and maintain order.

Furthermore, local law enforcement was notified of the incident, and they promptly arrived on the NEHU premises to assess the situation and assist in maintaining peace and order.

The NEHU Vice Chancellor Prof PS Shukla on Tuesday convened a high-level meeting to address the incident comprehensively. The meeting was attended Registrar, the Dean of Students Welfare, Proctor, Security Officer, and the Warden of Hostel No. 19.

“The purpose of this meeting was to thoroughly discuss the matter and ensure that due disciplinary actions are taken in accordance with the rules and regulations of the University,” NEHU PRO Dr Davidson Pyngrope said in a statement.

“NEHU wishes to emphasize that the situation has been brought under control, and the incident was in no way related to communal issues, as falsely reported by various sources. The University remains committed to upholding a safe and inclusive environment for all students, and any breaches of conduct will be addressed with utmost seriousness and adherence to established protocols,” he said.

Meanwhile, NEHU urged all stakeholders, including staff, students, parents, and the general public, to rely on official statements and verified information provided by the University to avoid spreading baseless rumors or misinformation.

“The University remains dedicated to the holistic development and well-being of its student community and will continue to take all necessary steps to maintain a harmonious and conducive learning environment,” Prof Pyngrope said.

NEHUSU condemns ‘barbaric’ incident

The North Eastern Hills University Students’ Union (NEHUSU) on Tuesday expressed deep concerns and condemned the assault on university students by individuals from outside the campus within the premises of Rangirra Hostel, located at NEHU’s Shillong campus.

The incident has left atleast 4 students with serious injuries and extensive damage to vehicles and hostel property.

Members of the NEHUSU met with the NEHU VC, Prof. PS Shukla, on Tuesday to apprise him of the violent episode that transpired on Monday night.

NEHUSU vice president, Easterson Sohtun, shed light on the origins of the conflict, stating that it had initially stemmed from a minor issue among students, which escalated into the unfortunate altercation. He expressed grave concerns about external individuals targeting students and causing damage to property.

The NEHUSU has condemned this ‘barbaric act’ of these miscreants and emphasized that such attacks tarnish the university’s reputation.

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