Students protesting against the fee hike, at the V-C office at Panjab University in Chandigarh on Tuesday.(Bhartesh Singh Thakur/HT)
In the protest that ensued, some cops too received injuries. The student leaders then sought refuge in the gurudwara on campus. To control the situation, police entered the gurdwara with lathis but did not get into the sanctum sanctorum of the Sikh religious place. After a stalemate, the students came out and the situation was under control for now.
UT police on gurudwara premises to nab students involved in violence on campus today @HTPunjab
Students inside the gurdwara premises:
Students taking refuge in gurudwara on PU campus @HTPunjab
Earlier in the day, students gathered in large numbers at Students’ Centre (Stu-C) and forced shops to close. Members of Students for Society (SFS) could be seen going from department to department, urging students to boycott classes. However, they faced some resistance at English and law departments.
Some time later, police reached Stu-C and assured shop owners that they could up the shutters.
Outside the vice-chancellor’s office, students sang songs of protest and eventually clashed with the cops.
Students pelt stones and police water canons at Panjab University @HTPunjab
Students reach V-C office
Students gather in large number outside VC office at Panjab University @HTPunjab
Watch | Students singing songs of protest outside the V-C office:
April 14, 2017 at 4:33 pm
The students are justified in protesting fee hike. The education to poor will become costlier