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College clashes: principal suspended

india Updated: Nov 13, 2008 18:39 IST

An ACP and an inspector were suspended and three policement moved out of the city on Thursday following allegations of police inaction during student violence at Dr Ambedkar Law College after which its Principal too was suspended while seven students were arrested.

Three students were seriously injured yesterday during a clash at the campus between students belonging to two communities over a poster, which did not carry the name of Dr Ambedkar.

"ACP Narayanamurthy and Inspector Sekar Babu have been suspended while four Sub-Inspectors were transferred out of Chennai," Chennai police commissioner R Sekhar told PTI.

The seven arrested students have been booked under various IPC sections including 307 (attempt to murder) and remanded to custody.

Law Minister Duraimurugan said the Law College Principal Sridev has been placed under suspension while the ongoing semester exams were postponed as there was no "cordial atmosphere" to conduct them right now.

All law colleges in Tamil Nadu have been closed to avoid any untoward incident, he said.

The student violence had its echo in the state assembly where Duraimurugan while replying to a call attention motion announced setting up of a commission to probe the incident.

AIADMK members, who cited media reports about alleged police inaction, were evicted en masse from the Assembly after the opposition members created a ruckus. The MDMK, AIADMK's ally walked out of the House. Former chief minister and AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa demanded the resignation of Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, who holds the Home portfolio.

The incident also had a violent fallout in Coimbatore when a group of students threw stones and damaged furniture and windows of the Law College. About 60 students were arrested.