This post is written by some students at National University Of Study And Research In Law, Ranchi.

We, the Students of National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi have come forth in solidarity and resumed the peaceful protest which was previously halted on 13th April 2017. The protest had started on 10th April 2017 and was finally halted on 13th April 2017 by signing the minutes of the meeting.

Full minutes of NUSRL meeting (PDF)

However, it is very disheartening that the assurances that were given therein proved to be a dead letter despite being documented and signed by various authorities.

Owing to inefficiency and administrative apathy, the student fraternity on 12th of September, 2017 impleaded the Vice-Chancellor (In-charge) and Asst. Registrar (In-charge), to follow up on the Minutes of the Meeting and the progress made thereafter.

The Horrors of 14th September 2017: Police at NUSRL – Ranchi Campus

The VC (In-charge), Gautam Chaudhary, laughed at few of the demands, gave vague answers to other questions and when confronted with evidence about inefficiency, maladministration, and mismanagement, he walked out and refused to address the students and the Registrar (In-charge) followed the suit.

Appalled and aggrieved, the student fraternity decided to resume the protest and spent the entire night at the campus’ main entrance. While addressing the protesting students, the Vice-Chancellor (In-charge) not only threatened the students with severe disciplinary actions but also cautioned of jeopardizing their careers. Police was used to threaten the tent service provider and to disperse the protesting students by intimidating them at about 02:00 AM in the morning.

As of 13th September, students continue to peacefully protest in front of the locked down university gate. No undue obstruction has been caused by the students with respect to the movement of the resident teachers, bank customers, security guards, janitors and contractors working inside the campus.

No authorities have approached the students to listen out to their grievances. Meanwhile, in furtherance of its oppressive ways, the university administration has released show-cause notices against six undergraduate students, falsely accusing them of firstly, inciting the students of the 1st year (who are protesting at their own will) and secondly, for exercising their right to peaceful protest.

At about 03:30 PM, around 100 male and female, armed police personnel were deployed at the venue of protest [NUSRL Campus]. The force was not accompanied by any authority from either the University or The Hon’ble High Court.

The students turned their backs towards the forces and sat undaunted of the threat, holding up their demands. The forces withdrew from the protest area without having any conversation with the protesting students, whatsoever.

On 14th September 2017, the students kept sitting at the venue of protest for the entire day. However,  at about 07:00 PM, three buses full of police personnel broke the lock put up on the gates, entered inside, used the police vehicles to move us on one side of the road, and the water cannon mounted on a huge truck entered inside the campus. We were repeatedly threatened with the use of physical force on us.

They broke the locks but the students remained silent. They removed the tent but the students did not budge. They tried patrolling vehicles to push us on one side of the road, but the students kept sitting there still!

The police personnel spent almost two and a half hours at the protest venue but all the students remained silent and peaceful throughout this exercise, no slogans were raised, students sat with their hands joined and raised in a peaceful manner, pleading to be given an opportunity to be heard by the Chancellor, who is our guardian.

The demand is one, that the Hon’ble Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court who is our Chancellor and Patron-in-Chief, comes and address his own students.

As per a Legally India report (which Acadman.in couldn’t verify yet) 10 students, including one girl, have been arrested by the local police on the evening of 14th September after the Jharkhand high court authorized the police to use physical force to clear out the peaceful protest on the NUSRL Campus.

As per a Legally India report (which Acadman.in couldn’t verify yet) 10 students, including one girl, have been arrested by the local police on the evening of 14th September after the Jharkhand high court authorized the police to use physical force to clear out the peaceful protest on the NUSRL Campus.