Students held for protesting Arjun Singh's education policy
Apr 18, 2007 - 4:56:27 PM
Ranchi, April 18 - Four student leaders were arrested here Tuesday for protesting the presence of Human Resources Development - Minister Arjun Singh at a convocation of the Ranchi University.
A group of students entered the convocation venue in Morabadi ground and started shouting slogans against Singh - who was here to attend the 23rd convocation of the university - for his faulty education policy, distorting historical facts and implementing reservation in higher education for other backward classes - students.
Police resorted to a minor baton charge to disperse the agitating students. 'Four students have been arrested for creating trouble in the convocation. They have been kept in Lalpur police station and suitable action will be taken against them,' said Richard Lakra, superintendent of police, Ranchi.
Former chief minister Arjun Munda condemned the police action. 'The central government is creating a situation that fuels unrest in the country. The police action was not necessary to disperse the agitating students,' he said.
On March 29, the Supreme Court had stayed implementation of the law enacted to provide for 27 percent quota for OBCs in central higher educational institutes on the basis of old census data.
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