Student leaders, who addressed protestors, said their stir was to draw the attention of the HRD Ministry to their demand and initiate steps to remove the VC. The agitation was launched by 'Pondicherry University Students Movement', who have drawn up a charter of demands. They alleged that there was lack of adequate hostels, no drinking water and also other amenities.

Students also alleged that there was 'administrative chaos' and 'violation of human rights'. Police were deployed in strength at the University to ensure there was no untoward situation. Leaders of the Opposition Congress like V Vaithilingam, former Education Minister MOHF Shahjahan and Secretary of National Students Union of India S Sarath have expressed solidarity with the students by sitting along with them for a while and then addressing them.

Namassivayam, a PCC leader, cited the students' demands were justified and should be conceded immediately. He said he had been keeping AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi apprised of the developments and urged him to take up their demands with the Centre.

Namassivayam also objected to last week's lathicharge of students, in which a number of students were reportedly injured and demanded that the government take action against the police officers responsible. NSUI national secretary S Sarath and former Education Minister Shah Jahan also addressed the students and promised them that their grievances would be settled soon.

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