Law college students block roads in Coimbatore

Students of the Government Law College here resorted to a road blockade on the G.P. Signal near Gandhipuram for nearly an hour on Thursday to condemn attack on fellow law college students by the police in Chennai on Wednesday.

Tense moments prevailed as there was push and pull between the students and police when students were forcibly removed from the road. The students alleged that the police assaulted them during the arrest. Though the students blocked the road for about 40 minutes, movement of vehicles came to a stand still on 100-Feet-Road, Sathy Road and Dr. Nanjappa Road and it took the police about an hour to clear the traffic.

While the city police beefed up security near the Commissioner’s office, Collectorate and other places, the students got down from buses on the way and staged the protest at Gandhipuram. There was heated exchange of words between the public and students.

Efforts by the police led by Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Pravesh Kumar to pacify students went in vain. A total of 119 students, including 29 girls, were removed and taken to a marriage hall. A section of the students broke a glass window of a police van that was used to remove the students.

In the afternoon, another section of the law college students blocked the road in front of the Commissioner’s office. SFI State president P. Uchimagali, who was also arrested for taking part in the protest, said that similar protests were organised by students of law colleges in the State and that the protestors were attacked by the police at Madurai. “The government should open more law colleges without closing or shifting the existing ones,” he said.

Law college student and district secretary of the Students Federation of India Deepak Chandrakanth alleged that close to 10 students were beaten up by the police when they were removed.

Following the incident, about 30 lawyers staged a protest at the entrance of the District Combined Court seeking action against policemen who attacked students and also to drop the proposal to shift the law colleges from the existing premises in Chennai. They also aked the police to withdraw cases that were claimed to be falsely framed against the student protestors at Chennai.

In Salem, students of Government Arts College staged a protest outside the college on Cherry Road in support of the protesting law college students in Chennai.

They raised slogans urging not to demolish the historical building for the proposed railway project as the college has produced many eminent persons. They condemned the attack on protesting law college students in Chennai and demanded firm action against the police personnel.

About 20 students participated in the protest.

Also, students of a private law college on Yercaud Main Road staged a protest inside their college premises. They sought action against police officials.

Source The Hindu

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