COIMBATORE: Twenty three students of Government Law College in Coimbatore were arrested on Thursday by rural police for conducting a sit in protest and preventing other students and staff from entering the campus. Police have booked them under three IPC sections and students were taken by seven teams of rural police in their own vehicles to hand them over to their parents in their respective native towns. On Thursday, at around 6.30 am, deputy inspector general of police (Coimbatore range) H M Jayaram, Coimbatore district SP, E S Uma and other police officers had entered the law college campus and removed 23 students from there. They were taken to the police recruitment school (PRS) campus and breakfast was provided to them. Later, seven police teams were formed to hand the students over to their parents. Two students, hailing from Madurai, were taken to their home town by a police jeep. A police inspector, two sub-inspectors and three police personnel also went along with them. Six students were sent to Gudalur in Niligris district, five were sent to Erode, Salem, Namakkal and Viluppuram in a tempo traveler vehicle along with an inspector and his team. A special team took three students to Pudukottai, Tiruvarur, Perambalur and three students were taken to Viluppuram, Cuddalore, Ariyalur. Two students had been sent to Virudhunagar and Tirunelveli in a police jeep along with police officials and a student was taken to Tirupur. “The students will be produced before their parents and the police will get a written assurance from them that the students were entrusted safely in their custody. If the kids were detained and freed quickly, they might participate in another demonstration. In the meantime, Coimbatore Government Law College principal S Ramasamy has suspended 31 students who participated in a sit-in protest at the college campus from July 24 to August 2. When contacted, police officials declined to comment. The college was shut down indefinitely on July 28. The director of legal studies will announce the reopening date of the college.
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