Police baton charge protesting law students in Chennai

February 04, 2015 07:35 pm | Updated April 02, 2016 02:30 am IST - CHENNAI

Chennai Police on Wednesday baton-charged a section of students of Dr. Ambedkar Law College who have been protesting the reported moves to shift their college premises.

The college's students have been holding protests for the past two days and on Wednesday they took to the streets. Around 2 p.m, around 100 students protested at Kuralagam, bringing traffic to a halt on all roads leading to the Madras High Court.

A group of students then moved to Central Station around 3.30 p.m and continued their protest, stalling traffic on Poonamallee High Road and Egmore. Bus traffic around the area was diverted, and only smaller vehicles were allowed on Poonamallee High Road following the protests.

Another group shifted their protest to Platform Number 2 at the Beach station and a few trains starting from the station were delayed from 3.15 p.m. to 4.15 p.m.

According to Panjamoorthy, one of the protestors, shifting the campus would be inconvenient to them. “Now, we have access to the High Court, and are also at the heart of the city," he said.

Even the staff are unhappy with the decision to shift their college. “The law college is a heritage structure that has international recognition. If the campus is shifted to the outskirts of the city, many of the staff might be forced to quit because of the distances,” a staff member said.

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