A group of students of Hindustan University on the Old Mahabalipuram Road went on a rampage inside the campus on Monday, damaging property and resorting to stone-pelting. The students damaged the front office and a security officerâ€™s room.
The protesting students claimed that semester carry fee, issued against those ineligible to write semester examinations, was very expensive at Rs. 8,000. There were murmurs of dissent last month itself against the move to impose this, which took a violent turn.
Around 100 initially gathered outside the university gates. Soon afterwards, they entered the campus and broke window panes of administrative and academic buildings on the campus. They also damaged vehicles parked inside.
The Hindu reported that police said students allegedly ransacked the front office, after they were asked by University authorities to pay fines for their earlier offences. There were clashes reported previously on February 22.
Though no formal complaint was lodged with the police, personnel were guarding the entrance to the university for most part of the day.
In a release circulated to media later in the evening, university management said the demands of students had been favorably considered and steps would be taken to resolve their concerns.