Assign doctors to treat students: HC

CHENNAI, JAN. 31. The Madras High Court today directed the Government to assign a team of doctors to attend on two students - Sivasankaran and Bhaskaran - of the Ambedkar Government Law College here who were injured during the December 8, 2001 police action on hostel students. They could be treated either in Chennai or in any other place where good medical attention was available.

The First Bench comprising the Chief Justice, B. Subhashan Reddy, and Justice A. Subbulakhsmi, also ordered payment of a Rs. 10,000 compensation to another student Thirumal, who also sustained injuries in the midnight attack.

As per a modified order, first year students of the five-year course would now be admitted to the law college hostel at Purasawalkam. So far it was open only to those students whose arrear examinations started on January 21.

Following a pitched battle between groups of hostel inmates and employees of a restaurant on Miller's Road, the police lathicharged the students, seriously injuring scores of them. In the wake of widespread condemnation of the incident and a subsequent petition, the court constituted a committee on December 14 to suggest the quantum of compensation and reschedule deferred examinations.

The Government, on December 19, 2001, offered to grant an ex gratia of Rs. 10,000 and Rs. 5,000 to the injured students.

`Confiscate magazine copies'

In another case, the First Bench also directed the Government to confiscate copies of the Tamil weekly Nettrikkan, issue dated February 1, for having published obscene photographs along with an article on L. Prakash, who is in custody in a cyber-porn case.

The bench gave the direction when a petition filed by the National Federation of Indian Women came up for admission. It accused the city and state police of inaction.

The petitioner demanded, besides confiscation of the copies, restraint on the editor from printing similar material in the next edition also.

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