Hundreds of students at a private university on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh highway staged a protest on Saturday night after a student allegedly leaked objectionable videos of other students, which are widely shared on the internet.

The student was taken into custody, officials said.

An affected student reportedly collapsed and was rushed to hospital. According to preliminary reports, some of the students whose videos were made attempted suicide. Police said they have launched an investigation.

The student accused of leaking the videos also allegedly demanded money from others for not leaking them. After the affair was revealed, the students came out of their hostels and staged a protest.

Speaking to the Indian Express, Mohali SSP Vivek Sheel Soni said the woman admitted to sending her photos to her friend but they were checking if she also sent photos of other girls.

“We are investigating the matter. There was a protest and everything is under control,” Soni said.

Punjab Education Minister Harjot Singh Bains called on protesting students to remain calm, adding that “no culprit will be spared”.

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