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Coimbatore

Karunya students demand rollback in fee hike, resort to stone pelting

Covai Post Network

COIMBATORE: Police resorted to lathicharge to disperse students of Karunya Institute of Technology and Sciences, who were staging a protest against the fee hike and delay in scholarship.

More than 600 students of the college have been staging protests for the last two days demanding proper hostel facilities and roll back in the fee hike. A few college buses and college building were found damaged.

According to sources, the students had put forth a charter of demands before the management, which is yet to respond.

Their demands (a copy of which was accessed by The Covai Post) included transparent fee structure, gender equality, secular freedom, setting up of a student union – to name a few.

A professor, who tried to move away from the scene of protest, was injured when students started throwing stones. The also demanded that the suspension orders issued against some students be revoked. Some students also pelted stones at police personnel.

The situation was brought under control after police resorted to lathicharge.

Registrar of Karunya Institute Dr. R. Elijah Blessing announced the suspension of classes for first, second and third year degree course. Officials of the institute were not available for comments.

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