Later in the afternoon, the students took refuge in the Gurdwara in the university campus. Armed with batons, the police gave chase, but did not enter the sanctum sanctorum. After lengthy negotiations, the student leaders finally surrendered and were taken into preventive custody, the police added. A case of rioting and damage to public property was also filed against the protesting students.
Students of courses like Bachelor of Pharmaceuticals, who were paying Rs 5,000, will now have to pay Rs 50,000. Students pursuing Bachelors in Arts or Commerce will pay Rs 10,000 instead of the current Rs 2,200. Even the Masters' course in journalism has seen a six-fold fee hike, spiralling to Rs 30,000.
The university had justified the hike, saying it was anticipating a deficit of Rs 244 crore for the 2017-18 financial year. But student organisations including the Students for Society, National Students Union of India and the Punjab University Students Union have been demanding a rollback. The subsequent protests led to the disruption of classes since last week.
Today, the student bodies had called for a strike. The violence started when the students tried to force entry to Vice-Chancellor Arun Kumar Grover's office and were stopped by the police, who were already present in the campus.
"We resorted to force after students turned violent," senior police officer Eish Singhal was quoted as saying by news agency Press Trust of India. He added that six police officers were injured and some police vehicles were damaged.