About 90 students have been arrested from hostels and many injured following massive tear gas and mock bomb attacks which took place inside Manipur University at midnight on Thursday, after Vice Chancellor AP Pandey was placed under suspension since Tuesday.
Fifty-five students from Hostel No. 5 in the Manipur University campus have reportedly been missing since Thursday night, when the raids took place.
All of this happened after Pro Vice-Chancellor Y Yugindro Singh, appointed by vice-chancellor AP Pandey — who is on a leave — entered the university complex to take charge as the V-C on Thursday afternoon. According to the Imphal Times‘ report, VC Pandey also accompanied Singh.
Condemning the violence unleashed on the Manipur University campus on Thursday night, Manipur Students’ Association Delhi said VC AP Pandey had close connections with the RSS and BJP.
Student movement has been restricted across the Manipur University campus. Students are not being allowed to go anywhere outside their hostel without the permission of the police.
As per latest reports, the Manipur government has suspended mobile data service in Imphal area, due to the violence and arrests which took place on the campus of the university on Thursday midnight.
Police are keeping a tight vigil at the main gate of Manipur University.
Meanwhile, a two-member independent committee, which was instituted by the HRD ministry to probe into the alleged administrative and financial irregularities of Pandey had started working on 6 September.
The inquiry committee which had asked all stakeholders to submit relevant details till 16 September had extended the deadline till 24 September.
It may be mentioned that Prof Pandey was charged of remaining out of station for a long period of time. He was also charged of misappropriation of money and not conducting the statutory meetings where he was supposed to present the budget.