Imphal: Demanding immediate and unconditional release of the arrested teachers and students of Manipur University, women students staged a sit-in-protest at the university campus in Imphal on Saturday.
Students, who covered their mouth with black tape as a mark of protest, also threatened that they would continue the agitation if the arrested persons were not released at the earliest.
The strike by the students follows more than a day after 89 students and six teachers were detained in midnight raids conducted by security personnel on the university campus in the intervening night of Thursday and Friday.
Although 82 out of the 89 detainees were released later, the remaining seven students are still under arrest. The arrested teachers are also in police custody, as per reports.
The police launched its search operation on the campus after pro vice-chancellor K Yugindro Singh lodged a complaint at Singjamei police station over a tussle that he witnessed when he tried to take charge as the vice-chancellor of the university on Thursday.
Earlier, the human resource ministry appointed Yogindro as the V-C of the university which has been on the boil for a long time now. The Manipur University Students Union launched its strike alleging the then V-C AP Pandey’s of irregularities and of misusing his administrative and financial powers.
The protest has been peaceful on Saturday till the filing of this report.