Detain 20-odd staff inside office for nearly two hours
SALEM: A group of students from the Salem Central Law College here stormed the Collectorate premises and detained 20-odd staff of the Department of Adi Dravida and Tribal Welfare for nearly two hours on Tuesday to highlight their two-point charter of demands.
Terming the detention of their colleagues as `unlawful' and the behaviour of students as `unruly,' the Collectorate staff retaliated by resorting to a sit-in strike inside the campus for nearly an hour demanding stern action against the protestors. They also urged the district administration to give protection to them.
It all started when a group of students from the private law college here barged into the campus after pushing the posse of policemen aside and staged a dharna in front of the Department of Adi Dravida and Tribal Welfare demanding hike in education stipend and free hostel facilities. They alleged that despite their requests the officials did not address their grievances.
When senior revenue and police officials were trying to pacify them, a group of students suddenly sprang up and locked the front door of the office with the staff remaining inside. They did not allow the staff to come out for nearly two hours. Police rushed to the spot and after detaining the agitating students, secured the release of the employees.
Police sources told The Hindu that cases under Sec. 342 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) had been registered against the students, who were later enlarged on bail.