In Chandigarh, no one thought that fee hike at Punjab University would turn into a dreadful event. With the Punjab University witnessing such horrifying scenes, a lot has been going on at PU Chandigarh since the last 3 days. The brawl at Punjab University has stunned the students and the people of Chandigarh.
Slogans Turned Violent At Panjab University
Panjab University witnessed an incident of misuse of India’s colonial sedition law. The incident made the Chandigarh police slap sedition charged on 66 students who were protesting in Panjab University against the fee hike. The chief security officer said that the slogans were raised by the students against the state (Ministry of Human Resources Development), the UGC and the PU.Under the sedition law, the state has powers to arrest anyone who is a suspect of being a “treason”
The students were shouting slogans of “PU murdabad”, “MHRD murdabad” and “UGC murdabad”.
Police Misinterpreted Sedition Charges
The chief security officer said that he saw all the CCTV footage and also the video recordings of the protests by the students of Panjab University. The SSP of Chandigarh said that the sedition charges will be dropped if no evidence is found.
52 students out 66 were arrested by the police after the fee hike protest turned violent. The police were forced to use forces due to which a lot of students, policemen, media persons got injured.
Serious Destruction At Panjab University
A case of rioting and also damaging the public property was registered against the students who were protesting against the fee hike. 52 students have been arrested. The students wanted to have a word with the Vice Chancellor regarding the fee hike issue.
When the students were not called for discussion, they jumped the barricades set up by the police force and forcibly entered the Vice Chancellor’s office. The situation turned violent and destructive when the students started throwing stones and flower pots at the policemen.
This move by the students forced the cops to lathi charge and lob teargas shells which injured a lot of students at PU.
The Police Were Forced To Take A Brutal Step
A joint call for “PU Bandh” was given by the student bodies of PU like Students for Society (SFS), National Students Union of India (NSUI), Panjab University Students Union (PUSU).
Chandigarh’s SP said that the police has to take a brutal step against the students of PU due to the violent situation. About 22 cops got injured during the incident and a lot of vehicles were also damaged. The students took shelter in a gurdwara after the police used force.
A lot of students boycotted classes, forced the shops to close.
Fee Hike At PU
The students have been protesting against the hike in the tuition fee which was announced by the PU senate. Fee hike course by course:
B Pharma Course – Rs 5,080 to Rs. 50,000
MA(Journalism) – Rs. 5,290 to Rs. 30,000
Dental Course – Rs. 86,400 to Rs. 1.50 Lakh
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