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future LEGAL LUMINARIES dispense justice? 25 LawCollege students held for assaulting women police constables

25 Law College students held for assaulting women police constables

A Subburaj, TNN | Sep 7, 2013, 03.58 AM IST

COIMBATORE: A group of Government Law College students from Coimbatore stormed into a police station and attacked three women police personnel on Friday. The students were reportedly enraged after a friend of theirs was picked up for inquiry by the police. In retaliation, they assaulted the women police personnel in the station. Senior police officials rushed to the spot and arrested 25 students, booking them under various sections including Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Women Harassment Act.

"The students barged into the stations where women police officials and constables worked, damaging tube lights, flower pots and glass windows, apart from assaulting the officials," said Tirupur SP Amit Kumar Singh.

Police claimed that a scuffle arose between first and third year students of a private arts and science college in Coimbatore on Thursday afternoon. "Three students of the college were travelling in a train from Coimbatore to Tirupur. A group of students planned to attack the three while another group gathered to counterattack, nearthe Tirupur Kumaran statue. A police constable from Tirupur North police station who had noticed both groups advised them to disperse. They left the spot only to return again after some time. The head constable and some armed reserve police rushed to the spot," said inspector Krishnamurthy, Tirupur North police station.

The two groups (of 15 members each) dispersed, except for one student who remained near the statue. He was immediately taken to the station for interrogation. He has been identified as V Sakthivel (19), a first year student, hailing from Veerapandi in Tirupur.

A woman sub-inspector Krishnaveni interrogated the student and found him not to be guilty. Consequently, the SI reported the incident to the student's father, and requested him to pick his son up from the station. Meanwhile, Sakthivel had alerted his friend Gopinath about the interrogation. At 7.30pm on Thursday, Gopinath and two other students had gone to the station and requested women SI Krishnaveni to release Sakthivel. But the SI said she could release him only to his parents. Angry about this, Gopinath and his friends abused the police woman and eventually left the station.

At 10.15am on Friday, Gopinath and 29 students including five women, of Government Law College, gathered in front of the police station. The students tried to barge into the Tirupur north police station and raised slogans against police personnel.

All women police special sub-insepctor Kalavathi, women police constables Ananthalaskhmi,Nithya, Sangeetha, Krishnaveni, Revathy and police constable Gurunathan attempted to stop the students but they somehow entered the station and assaulted SSI Kalavathi, Nithya and Ananthalakshmi. Other officers had to intervene to stop the abuse.

The students staged a road roko on Kumaran Road, disturbing traffic for at least half an hour. Police removed the 30 students from the spot. While the five women were let off with a warning, the others were booked under various sections and remanded to judicial custody till September 20. Seven students below 21 years have been lodged at the Borstal School in Pollachi.


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