Chandigarh University video row: Three held amid massive protest by studentstext_fields
In a major breakthrough in the case of alleged leaked objectionable videos of Chandigarh University students, another accused has been arrested by the Punjab police, said the officials on Sunday. The arrested accused has been identified as Sunny Mehta. The Punjab Police reached Rohru Police Station in Shimla and took Mehta into custody.
So far, authorities have nabbed three persons pertaining to the alleged making and circulation of objectionable videos of female students of the varsity -- a woman student, a 23-year-old man, rumoured to be her boyfriend, from Himachal Pradesh, and his 31-year-old friend.
Authorities at Chandigarh University have suspended classes for six days till September 24 amid strident protests by students. Protests were called off around 1:30 am on Monday after the administration accepted the demands put forward by the students.
In further action taken by the varsity, all hostel wardens are being transferred and hostel timings have also been changed.
Massive protests broke out on campus post-midnight on Saturday, after students alleged that 'private' and 'objectionable' videos of several female hostel inmates were leaked on the internet.
The students alleged that videos of nearly 60 girls taking baths in the hostel were leaked. On the other hand, the varsity issued a statement that one video was circulated. Moreover, it was captured and circulated by the accused. They said that the girl had made the video and shared it herself with her friend in Himachal Pradesh.
Students demanded that the statements of those female students whose videos, they alleged, got leaked, be recorded before representatives of students. They also sought an apology from the management.
Several students individually put forth their demands before the university authorities on many issues including changing hostel wardens, relaxation in timings for hostel entry, and safety issues.
Following a day-long protest, speculation was rife about the university trying to conceal the truth. The administration has consistently denied that videos of several women students in the varsity hostel were made and leaked on social media and that distraught students had attempted suicide.
"No student committed suicide. A preliminary probe reveals that the accused girl had sent her own pictures/videos to her boyfriend. No other material was found. FIR filed. Police are probing it. I appeal to students and parents not to believe any rumors," the pro-chancellor said.
Punjab's Additional Director General of Police Gurpreet Deo stated that the accused woman student appeared to have shared a video of herself with the youth and no objectionable video of any other student was found.
An FIR under IPC section 354-C (voyeurism) and the IT Act has been registered in the matter and further probe is on, officials said.
Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann said that a high-level inquiry has been ordered into the incident. "Sad to hear of the incident at Chandigarh University. Our daughters are our pride. We have ordered a high-level inquiry into the incident. Whoever is guilty will face strict action. I am constantly in touch with the administration. I appeal to all of you to avoid rumours."