Update at 10:07 AM: Around 60 students and teachers set free by police. 30 people including students and teachers still in police custody as their names were mentioned in the complaint letter
At least 90 students and six faculty members from Manipur University were detained by the police in a midnight raid on Thursday. A protest broke out after the Pro-Vice-Chancellor Y Yugindro Singh, appointed by Vice Chancellor AP Pandey who is on leave, tried to enter the university complex to take charge as the Interim Vice Chancellor. The students were demanding an investigation into allegations of mismanagement and financial irregularities against Vice-Chancellor AP Pandey. The tussle between Vice Chancellor AP Pandey and the central institution’s student-teacher combine has been going on for three months.
As many as 10 students were injured during the raid. The police, accompanied by CRPF, had to resort to tear gas and mock bombs inside the campus. Many students have fled to the hostels due to fear. Mobile and internet suspended in Imphal East and West districts. A deadline till September 22 has been given to the HRD Ministry to appoint new VC and registrar otherwise the agitation will resume from 23 September.
Earlier, the university witnessed a total shutdown for around 85 days between May 31 and August 23. The inquiry committee was set up with registrar in-charge Professor Dorendrojit Singh as the nodal officer of the committee.
Meanwhile, Manipur Congress unit has criticised the raid terming it a "new facet of fascism". They took to Twitter and shared images of the midnight raid: