Students' protest takes ugly turn
The ongoing protest against increase in mess charges at Panjab University took an ugly turn on Wednesday as the protesting students tried to gate crash the vice-chancellor's (V-C) office.chandigarh Updated: Nov 07, 2012 23:48 IST
The ongoing protest against increase in mess charges at Panjab University took an ugly turn on Wednesday as the protesting students tried to gate crash the vice-chancellor's (V-C) office.
The police used batons to stop the students from entering the V-C's office. In the process, girl students were also pushed, who later complained that the police should not be allowed on the university campus.
The students raised abusive slogans against dean, student welfare (DSW), AS Ahluwalia and PU V-C AK Grover.
Wednesday was the third day of the protest. While the students demanded rollback of hike in mess charges, the PU authorities are adamant on their stand.
Though the PU authorities said they were ready to roll back the hike at Student Centre, the protesting students were not ready to even have a dialogue with the authorities.
Supporters of the Panjab University Students' Union (PUSU), Students Federation of India (SFI) and others were among the protesting students.
However, the student council was nowhere seen protesting the hike.
The PU authorities had increased per diet charges from Rs 24 to Rs 30 and several students have been protesting against the hike.
On Wednesday, when the authorities were not ready to meet the students, the latter got aggressive that they tried to gate crash into the V-C's office.
However, the students were stopped by the police. The girls were allegedly manhandled and the boys were even caught by the scruff of their neck as the police tried to stop them.
The police maintained that they were performing their duty and the PU authorities should have tried to come and calm down the protesting students.
Ahluwalia came to meet the students after Sector-11 SHO requested him to come.
When Ahluwalia reached the V-C's office, he was greeted with abusive slogans and though he tried to justify the move, the students were not ready to listen to him.
The students said they would lodge a written complaint with UT SSP Naunihal Singh against the misconduct of police officials on the university campus.