⚡️EXCLUSIVE: A minor administrative disagreement in the Arunachal University of Studies at Namsai has now gravitated into a conflict of allegedly targeted attacks against Professor Rupakjyoti Borah, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, who hails from Assam, directed by the husband of an assistant professor, Ms Jishma S. Nair, who is a native of the state.
The incident was triggered as a result of a confrontation between Ms Jishma Nair and Dr Rupakjyoti Borah. Things escalated further with the involvement of Ms Nair’s husband, Chow Rotna Manchey.
Talking to “truth.,” Dr Rupakjyoti Borah said, “On November 5, 2022, the Arunachal Literary Festival was organised and as the Dean, I wanted to meet Yeshe Dorjee Thongchi, a well-known Assamese writer from Arunachal. My junior colleague Jishma wanted to attend the fest on the same day. So I requested her to go in the afternoon and make up for my absentee classes as I had to go to the fest.”
According to Dr Borah, she did not attend the classes and took leave on that day. “I recommended a show cause notice be given to her by the higher authority for not attending her duties. This is a common procedure in universities,” he added.
He stated that on November 21, 2022, Ms Jishma’s husband threatened him and claimed that being an outsider he was targeted more brutally. In the heat of the moment, Chow Rotna Manchey injured Dr Borah. Soon after this, Ms Jishma was suspended and an undertaking was taken from her husband after the attack was reported to the police.
Dr Borah added that around 30-40 persons gathered on 10th Jan 2023 and broke open the University gates even as the exams were going. He suspects that the mob was out to lynch him.
Later, the All Tai Khamti Singpho Students Union of Arunachal Pradesh issued a memorandum to the vice chancellor with an ultimatum of three days to terminate Dr Borah and end the suspension of Ms Jishma.