Chennai: Eleven students were injured when police lathi charged striking students of Pondicherry University on Friday. They are demanding removal of the Vice-Chancellor, Chandra Krishnamurthy. Of them, two suffered head injuries. One of them, Sajad, was rushed to hospital in a critical condition.
Some women students alleged that ‘goondas’ attempted to molest them. Complaints have been lodged with the National Human Rights Commission and the State Women Commission.
Since Monday, the two gates of the college have been completely blocked by students who refused to let in employees. After the police intervened the next day, the demonstrators agreed to allow only university buses to enter through one gate.
However, on Friday, when students refused to allow cars to enter, there was a clash between students and the police leading to a lathi charge. Thirteen persons, including a teacher, were arrested and later released.
The students also reportedly barged into the Registrar's office demanding to know why police were allowed inside the campus. Later in the day, the Puducherry Education Secretary, Rajesh Chandra, convened a meeting with agitating students to end the week-long protest.
He also assured the students that FIRs against the demonstrators will be withdrawn and he would get in touch with the Ministry of Human Resource Development to take immediate steps to sort out the issue....
Location: Tamil Nadu