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KU to assess loss due to rampage

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Kurukshetra, August 31, 2013
First Published: 19:24 IST(31/8/2013) | Last Updated: 19:24 IST(31/8/2013)

The rampage by the youths on Kurukshetra University campus on Friday had once again highlighted the problem of outsiders influencing the student community on the campus.

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On various occasions outsiders were found living in the hostels illegally and indulging into criminal activities on the campus.

This became clear when several students, who were seen in the protest on Friday, told the university authorities that they were forced under threat by various outsiders to join them in rampaging while they were going to attend their classes.  

Though the rampaging students of Kurukshetra University withdrew their agitation on Friday evening after discussing their demands with vice-chancellor Lt Gen (retd) DDS Sandhu, however, the latter decided to constitute a committee to assess the loss of property of the university when hundreds of students went on rampage on Friday.

According to university registrar RC Ralhan there was a loss of lakhs of rupees. He said several computers in the University Institute of Technology (UIT) were broken by the protesting students.

Various CCTV cameras installed in various buildings of the university were damaged or carried away by the agitators.

He said footage of the CCTVs as well as footage from the journalists of electronic media and other photographers are be assessed to identify the youths who indulged into ransacking of the university properties, as a number of outsiders are learnt to have been leading the protesters.
Students demanded that ban which was imposed on 26 students and outsiders last for entering into the campus must be revoked.

The V-C assured to review the cases individually as most of them were expelled and their entry was banned due to their indiscipline and other irregularities. The students also requested the V-C to get the case of assault registered by security persons against three students who were violating the rule by riding on one motorcycle on Thursday night which started the agitation.  

After ransacking various buildings on the university campus hundreds of youths blocked the main road outside the third gate of the university as well as railway track for more than four hours.
 
The railway authorities are also learnt to have planning to file a case of causing damage to the railway property as a train on Kurukshetra-Narwana rail track remained standard for more than two hours while another train was taken back to the previous station.


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