The Assam University in Silchar has been shut for over a week now, with students boycotting classes and taking up an indefinite hunger strike to protest against the rustication of a student leader who they say highlighted alleged corruption in the institution.
The authorities have also lodged a police case against Milon Das, student leader and president of the university's research Scholar Forum, charging him with criminal intimidation, damaging university property and causing unrest.
Some of the students on hunger strike have fallen ill, sources said. With the deadlock between student bodies and university officials showing no signs of breaking, classes had to be suspended last week. The university convocation -- which was supposed to be held on March 1 -- is also likely to be suspended, sources said.
Attempts to contact University Vice Chancellor Professor DC Nath and Registrar Dr PK Nath had been unsuccessful until the filing of this report.
Students have demanded the revocation of rustication orders as well as withdrawal of the police case filed against Milon Das, who has been accused of unruly behaviour and violence on the university campus.
Students claim that Milon Das was targeted because he had brought several serious malpractices to the fore in one of the oldest central universities in the Northeast.