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Massive Rally and ‘Gherao’ the Haryana Legislative Assembly at Chandigarh
Nearly 80,000 students in seven districts of Haryana have been on strike for last one month. Chautala government has curbed the student-youth movement by mercilessly beating girls-boys as also by lodging fake criminal cases against student-youth leaders. Widespread student-youth unrest has arisen on account of dictatorial decision of Lok Dal government in disaffiliating colleges of five districts, namely Jind, Bhiwani, Fatehabad, Hisar and Kaithal from the prestigious Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra and Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak and compulsorily affiliating them to the newly carved out and unrecognized Devil al University, Sirsa. Anger of student-youth community has also resulted out of unprecedented fee hike of 25% to 300% for all graduate and post-graduate courses taking the education beyond the reach of common man and poor in Haryana.
We, at the Indian Youth Congress, have been in the forefront of this student-youth movement. Over 10,000 youth activists held a massive rally and proceeded to ‘Gherao’ the Haryana Legislative Assembly at Chandigarh on 9th Sept. 2003, i.e., opening day of the session, on the issues elaborated above. Aided by Haryana Police commandoes, Chandigarh Police resorted to water canons and mild lathi charge. Pursuant thereto, IYC President, Sh. Randeep Singh Surjewala, PYC Chief and three national office bearers were arrested and lodged in Burail Central Jail, Chandigarh. We were bailed out on the evening of 10th Sept., 2003. Meanwhile, agitations have continued all over the State with many office bearers of the Youth Congress still detained in different districts.
Such suppressive measures have never deterred us from continuing our fight.