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July 1, 2001 - July 1, 2001

Protesting GU students turn violent, break public property Sunday, July 1, 2001

Ahmedabad, June 30
Students protesting the low results of TY BSc, chemistry, the admission issues and the problems of L.D Engineering college were laathi charged in the university here on Saturday.

The two student unions, ABVP and NSUI had announced parallel agitation programmes at the university for these issues and had wanted to meet the pro-vice chancellor, Chaitanay Khambholja, the registrar and the controller of exams.

The tension started building up in the premises at about one o’clock in the afternoon, as the police did not let the students enter the gates. While a group of about 25 students had gone to make a presentation to the Pro V-C who was not on the premises, the other students were kept waiting outside by the security, who had kept the entrance jaali closed for security reasons.

The police opened the jaali after the reinforcements came in form of additional security in three police vans. According to the student leaders, the police opened the jaali, let them in and then closed the jaali and then laathi charged the students.

Both the NSUI and the ABVP leaders say that the police and SRP jawans closed the avenues for the students to escape and then hit out at them without even issuing any warning to them.

The students ran around and tried to mingle with about 100 students who were seeking eligibility and migration certificates, but the police laathi charged those students alongwith the protesting students.

Four student leaders from the ABVP, Shailesh Parikh, Jaswant Gohil, Chandresh Vyas and Bhargav Thaker were injured while Shailesh Parikh was arrested and taken to the police station.

The enraged students then went on rampage and broke university doors, windows and furniture and attempted to set an AMTS bus on fire. Both the student’s organisations have decided to hold protests against the “improper” police action on Monday.

News Source : The AsianAge Ahmedabad Edition [ The coolest Newspaper for city ]

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Police laathi charges students Sunday, July 1, 2001

Ahmedabad, June 30: Deputy commissioner of police V.M. Parghi said that his men had resorted to laathi charge because the students were breaking public property and resorting to violence. Unrest in the university has been brewing since the HSCE results have been released and this time the results have been phenomenal, many students and their parents are anxious because they are not sure about getting admissions in the city colleges.

Policemen laathi charged the students as they gathered to protest against the admission policy. Students broke windowpanes and chairs to protest against the whole situation. Later they even stopped an AMTS bus and broke its windows and damaged the bus.

Mr Parghi said that Gujarat University is not able to function without police protection and top officials like the vice-chancellor, pro vice-chancellor and the registrar refuse to come to the university tower without a police escort. “Vice-chancellor Naresh Ved refuses to even live in his residence without police protection,” Mr Parghi added.

Mr Parghi said that since the past few days he has stationed one police inspector, three sub inspectors and 15 police constables at the university tower and yet the university officials are asking for more force there.

The situation was tense since student leaders and student organisations were agitating for more seats in various colleges so that more students can be accommodated. On Friday, students had even resorted to violence at L.J. Commerce College, Vastrapur, and broke furniture and windowpanes there too.

News Source : The AsianAge Ahmedabad Edition [ The coolest Newspaper for city ]

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Ek violent katha repeated, one stabbed in Baroda Sunday, July 1, 2001

Vadodara, June 30: After two weeks of release of Gadar, the city police has finally made its entry in the tensed situation at the two movie halls in the city. The decision was taken after a person was stabbed during the last show of the movie on Friday.

According to Raopura police, one Suresh Bhikha Solanki was attacked with a sharp weapon by some miscreants during the tense situation on Friday evening. However, the attack did not do much damage and he was released from the Sri Sayajirao General hospital after a short treatment.

Police said that at around 11.30 pm some miscreants started bursting crackers in the upper stall itself and it created a panic situation among the viewers who started rushing out. Police said that in the process Suresh Solanki who had gone to watch movie with his friend Raju Chauhan was attacked with some sharp weapon.

The police has lodged a complaint under 324 of IPC and section 135 of Bombay Police act for creating tension in the public place. Solanki was taken to SSG hospital. Following the incident, the police has tightened the security system at the two movie halls Sagar and Alpana where the movie is being screened.

Speaking to The Asian Age deputy commissioner of police (south division) R V Jotangia said that looking at the situation the administration has deployed armed police with metal detectors at the two movie halls. He said, “We had already deployed police at the movie halls but Friday’s incident has made us more cautious and we have decided to be strict.”

According to Mr Jotangia strict action would be taken against those who would try to create tension in or around the cinema hall. This incident follows the communal tension that took place in Ahmedabad city over Gadar in the last show on Sunday at Sangam cinema hall.

News Source : The AsianAge Ahmedabad Edition [ The coolest Newspaper for city ]

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HC issues show cause notice to GU Sunday, July 1, 2001

Ahmedabad June 30: The high court has issued show cause notices to Gujarat University and its vice-chancellor following two separate writ petitions by Meghdoot Education Trust and Shree Ram Vidhya Vardhak Trust. The petitions were filed in the court of Justice P.K. Sarkar and further hearing of the case will be held on July 11.

The petitions said that the Gujarat University recently gave affiliation to 13 self-financed colleges in an overnight decision, while their applications for affiliation for BCA and BBA courses were rejected last year without any reason.

The petitions further stated that both the trusts have complete infrastructure for starting the colleges and they satisfy all requirements to start the colleges. However, the GU recently granted affiliations to trusts that do not have proper infrastructure.

Earlier, granting of affiliation to 13 self-financed colleges was challenged by the executive committee member of the GU, Narhari Amin. The court has granted stay in the matter. In the petition Mr Amin had also mentioned that the Pro-vice chancellor who is in charge has no power to grant the affiliation to the self financed colleges.

The students have also protested against the decision of the university to grant affiliation to some selected self-financed colleges and excluding other colleges like the H.L. College promoted self-financed college.

One trust belonging to the Thaltej area had also filed a writ petition in the high court earlier against refusal of Gujarat University to grant affiliation to their BBA course. They had also mentioned that though they have all the infrastructure facilities, they were denied permission but other trusts got the nod inspite of their lack of infrastructures.

News Source : The AsianAge Ahmedabad Edition [ The coolest Newspaper for city ]

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Baroda police arrests eight over bank Sunday, July 1, 2001

Vadodara, June 30: Followed by the clash took place between the Patni co operative bank chairman and bank account holders on Friday during the annual general meeting, the police on Saturday arrested eight persons involved in the issue. According to Wadi police, the incident took place during the banks AGM when heated arguments took place between the bank director Vasant Patni and chairman Fakirbhai Patni and their supporters.

Acting on the complaint lodged by Jaswant Kanjibhai Patni, police arrested Niranjan Ramanbhai Patni, Shailesh Balubhai Patni, Harshad Ratilal Patni, Prakash Punjabhai Patni, Umesh Niranjanbhai Patni, Shailesh Kanchanbhai Patni, Nilesh Rameshbhai Patni and Ashok Ramanbhai Kachi. The police has lodged complaint under IPC section 143, 323, 114 and started the inquiry in the matter.

News Source : The AsianAge Ahmedabad Edition [ The coolest Newspaper for city ]

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