Pondicherry University student protesters released after Vice President Naidu's visit
Students have been sitting on protest from the past 20 days demanding a complete rollback of the 225% increase in the fee. Read to know more.
The students of the Pondicherry University were released on Wednesday after Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu left the premises of the University. This comes after the students who have been protesting against the tuition fee hike from the past 20 days were removed from the administrative block and taken to another place on Tuesday evening. As per an official statement, the students were removed as a safety measure to maintain law and order. Contradicting the statement, the students of Pondicherry University said that they were manhandled by the security as they were “forcefully’ removed, dragged and beaten up by them.
Students have been sitting on protest from the past 20 days demanding a complete rollback of the 225% increase in the fee. Several efforts have been made by the administration council to address the issues raised by the students. On Tuesday, nearly 100 students were detained from the campus premises.
The Vice President, on Wednesday, visited the campus to attend the 28th convocation hosted by the University. As a security measure and protocol associated with the VVIPs visit for the convocation ceremony, the campus has been brought under scrutiny, 24 hours prior to the convocation.
Talking about the students being manhandled on the premises, President of the Pondicherry University Student Council, Parichay Yadav said that nearly 200 students were protesting at the administrative block when they were forcefully removed and put in police buses. He further said that many women protesters were groped and badly manhandled by the police who were not even wearing their badges.
On January 20, the students staged a hunger strike, which lead to the Vice-Chancellor forming a grievance committee but there was no positive result. After repeated failed attempts, the students decided to sit on an indefinite strike on February 6.
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