Police have arrested international boxer Dingku Singh Ngangom on Thursday evening on the charge of beating up three women players inside the SAI complex in Imphal.

Dingku, a recepient of Arjuna award and Padmashree for his contribution to sports had allegedly beat up the girls on Wednesday night when one of the girls scribbled some innocuous words at the back windscreen of his car.

Police have registered a case against Dingku. There have been massive protests throughout the state. The community leaders at Moreh, the border town, from where Arambala Soibam, the most seriously hurt girl hails from, said that Dingku should surrender to them by Saturday evening failing which there will be more agitations. While two girls were discharged after first aid Arambala is still in a private hospital.

Ibomcha L, the SAI boxing coach told reporters that a show cause notice would be served to Dingku who is also a coach there. "He entered the girls hostel without permission and beat up the girls. The SAI officials who remained as mute spectators instead of saving the girls will be pulled up," Mr. Ibomcha added.

Other coaches have also taken a serious view of the beatings of the girl weight lifters. Rallies were taken out at Moreh and some other parts of the state demanding action against Dingku. Reports said that after arrest Dingku said expressed his regret over the incident to Arambala.