The protest by Punjabi University students was lifted on Saturday with the university authorities and the administration conceding their demands in written, ending the three-day impasse.
Though the protesting students opened main gates of the university on Saturday evening, three student unions — All India Students Federation (AISF), Students Federation of India (SFI), Punjabi University Research Scholar Association (Pursa), who have launched the protest in front of the vice-chancellor office — refused to call off their hunger strike, which entered second day on Saturday.
The university management, in the meantime, has ordered a time-bound inquiry — to be completed in 15 days — into the entire episode, including lathicharge on the protesting students by police, and sent three of its senior officials on leave till the submission of the inquiry report.
In addition, superintendent of police (SP) Pritpal Singh Thind has given a written assurance to the students that cases registered against them on November 20 will be repealed.
Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has already sought a detailed report on entire episode from Patiala deputy commissioner Varun Roojam. The protesting students under the banner of ‘Police Zabar Virodhi Sanjha Morcha’ in front of the main gate have intensified protest and installed tents on Saturday morning.
Taking into account the growing antagonism among the students, the university and the civil administration swung into action and made several attempts to initiate talks with them.
Though the parley between the students and the authorities continued all through Saturday, the ice was cut when the university management agreed to the demands of the students and handed over a written assurance to them.
“At a high profile meeting, we decided to fulfil the demands of the students and the committee formed to look into the entire episode would submit its report within 15 days,” said Davinder Singh, registrar of the university.
“The SP, who was also present at the meeting, assured the students and the university authorities that cases registered against the students would be repealed soon,” the registrar added.
Lathicharge issue in Parliament: mann
Denouncing the police lathicharge on the protesting students, Member of Parliament from Sangrur Bhagwant Mann on Saturday said he would take up the matter of police atrocity against students at Zero Hour of Parliament during the winter session beginning Monday.