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Published on Apr 7, 2009
Chennai: Tamil Nadu Government has initiated disciplinary action against six Chennai police officials for standing by and watching as two groups of students clashed with each other on Wednesday evening at a college in the city.
An Assistant police commissioner and an inspector have been suspended while four sub inspectors have been transferred.
The officials were held responsible for being mute spectators during the violent clash between two rival groups at Dr Ambedkar Government Law College in Chennai on Wednesday evening.
Three students were seriously injured in the incident.
The principal of the college, too, has been suspended as he failed to take appropriate action to stop clashes between students.
Police officials said that they did not act as they were waiting for the college principals' permission.
Meanwhile, Opposition AIADMK staged a walk out in the Tamil Nadu Assembly on Thursday protesting denial of permission to speak about the clash between the students.
When AIADMK deputy leader O Panneerselvam sought to raise the matter, Speaker R Avudaiappan denied permission and said it would be taken up after the Question Hour.
Law Minister Durai Murugan intervened and said he had already visited the injured law students, who had been hospitalised. He also said the issue could be taken up after the Question Hour.
However, AIADMK members shouted slogans against the Speaker's decision and walked out of the House.