Sedition charges against Panjab University students dropped

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panjab-university-protest- (1)Panjab University authorities on April 13 informed that the Chandigarh Police have dropped sedition charges against 66 students who were protesting against the fee hike. The students had been booked under Sections 124-A (sedition) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), among other charges.

According to Eish Singhal, Chandigarh Senior Superintendent of Police, University Chief Security Officer Ashwani Kaul had informed the police that “there was some ‘misunderstanding’ as students were shouting slogans against the university administration, the University Grants Commission and the Ministry of Human Resource and Development, and not against the State, hence sedition charges should be withdrawn.”

Students were protesting against the fee hike which will be applicable for academic session 2017-18. The protest turned violent when the students and the authorities failed to have an effective dialogue regarding the fee hike, student

The protest turned violent when the students and the authorities failed to have an effective dialogue regarding the fee hike, student organizations pointed.

Many including police officials, journalists and students were injured during the clash between the police and the student community.

Even after the incident, students said that they will continue to “peacefully protest” until the university accepts their demand to rollback the fee hike for the 2017-18 sessions. They also said that the authorities were over reacting.

“It was really unfortunate. It will work against the brand value Panjab University (PU) has created over the years,” Vice-Chancellor Arun Kumar Grover said.

“There have been incidents of violence earlier, but what happened yesterday shocked all of us,” he added.

Meanwhile, the University Chancellor Hamid Ansari also sought a report on the incident.