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SFI activists, police clash on campus

An SFI activist being taken away by policemen during a demonstration at MG University on Wednesday.
An SFI activist being taken away by policemen during a demonstration at MG University on Wednesday.

A demonstration organised by the Students Federation of India (SFI) at the Mahatma Gandhi University campus on Wednesday turned violent with 16 persons suffering injuries and 10 vehicles getting damaged.

The march was taken out raising various demands including withdrawal of the move to hike fees of various undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and preventing any further delay in providing fellowship for research scholars.

The demonstration commenced by around 11 a.m. from the University Union office. Nearly a hundred activists participated in the march that was blocked in front of the Administrative Block an hour later. However, an argument between the agitators and police personnel paved way for a scuffle, following which the police force lathi-charged the group of students. Stones were pelted from various directions and ten vehicles, including four police vehicles, the official vehicle of the University Vice-Chancellor and those belonging to varsity employees were damaged.

The police also recovered two sacks of stones from the varsity premises prior to the launch of the demonstration. Sixteen persons, including four police personnel, were injured in the violence.

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