Tension gripped the campus of Manipur University in the state capital Imphal after over 80 students and six professors were detained in midnight raids. According to reports, the police stormed the boy’s hostel - inside the university campus - early on Friday following a complaint by the Vice Chancellor's office. According to Inspectors General of Police S. Kailun and Clay Khongsai, the police entered the campus right after midnight on the basis of a complaint by Vice Chancellor in-charge K. Yugindro saying that on Thursday he was prevented from taking charge.
President of the Manipur University Students Union (MUSU) and several others are among those who have been detained. This has led to a massive protest by the students leading to scuffles following which police resorted to using tear gas shells to disperse the crowd. Amar Yunan, a professor, said some students sustained injuries and were bleeding. Some reports suggest that many students have fled the hostel after the midnight raids. Mobile internet services have been suspended in several areas of the state capital to avert any kind of untoward incidents.
Manipur University has been gripped by unrest for the last few months as students and teachers were on strike demanding the resignation of Vice Chancellor AP Pandey. They had called off their 85-day strike after HRD Ministry approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the ministry and state government with the agitating bodies of Manipur University. Pandey is accused of being involved in financial and administrative irregularities. He was suspended on September 17 following which Vice Chancellor in-charge Yugindro took charge on Friday.