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Demands met, dental students call of strike

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh , August 28, 2014
First Published: 23:23 IST(28/8/2014) | Last Updated: 23:27 IST(28/8/2014)

The student leaders of three parties and Panjab University authorities heaved a sigh of relief on Thursday as students of Dr Harwansh Singh Judge Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital called off their strike.

The students agreed to call off the protest after some of their demands were met and they got a written assurance from the administration, the students said.

Since the college has nearly 450 votes, three of the student parties - National Students Union of India (NSUI), Panjab University Student Union (PUSU) and Student Organisation of India (SOI) were supporting the strike.

The authorities had accepted some of the students' demands a day after the protest started. However, the strike was hijacked by student parties to woo the voters and put several other demands before the administration. As administration did not budge, the strike continued for several days.

With election schedule in place, the campaign of these parties was also suffering as many top leaders were camping there.
Authorities also heaved a sigh of relief as they were apprehending violence at the venue. On Tuesday, four youths and one cop got injured during the clash at the  protest site. Students were demanding basic facilities on the campus and more time to submit their assignments among other demands.

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