The Himachal Pradesh University administration on Friday expelled nine students of left backed Student Federation of India (SFI), accusing them of causing indiscipline and vitiating academic atmosphere on the university campus.
The expelled students include Puneet Dhanta, Rahul Chauhan, Rajan Harta, Hoshiar Singh, Vikram Kaith, Nandan Karol, Jeeta Singh, Piyush Sewal and Sanjeev Kumar.
However, the SFI has termed the expulsion 'unnecessary'. Sewal said vice-chancellor ADN Bajpai was blaming them for the violence in the HPU and had accused them of 'misbehaving' with him, but nothing of this sort had happened during the protests. The SFI spokesperson said the organisation would challenge the expulsion of students in the high court.
Meanwhile, the HPU administration decided to close all the boys' hostels on the university campus from September 20. The boarders have been directed to vacate the hostels by the date mentioned.
Six more officials resign
Following the resignations by 11 HPU officials on Thursday, six administrative officials also put in their papers on Friday. The officials, led by the vice-chancellor and pro-vice-chancellor RS Chauhan, met chief minister Virbhadra Singh, and have urged him to provide them a safe working environment.
Bajpai exhorts students to attend classes
Amidst the turmoil on the HPU campus, the vice-chancellor on Friday called upon the students' and exhorted them to attend the classes regularly and not waste their time.