AGITATING girl inmates, forcefully evicted from the Priyadarshini Girls' Hostel by Allahabad University (AU) officials on Saturday for illegally staying in the rooms despite repeated notices, forced the university officials to backdown on Sunday. The varsity gave five ex-students the permission to stay in the hostel as guests till the conclusion of their PCS (Pre) exams.
Trouble had started when the varsity officials backed by cops raided the Priyadarshini Hostel with the objective of evicting illegal inmates and regaining possession of their rooms on Saturday late afternoon. While many of the illegal inmates disappeared after locking their room around half-a-dozen of them resisted the move.
Even as the AU officials led by Proctor Prof Jata Shankar and the Dean Students Welfare Prof Jagdamba Singh took possession of 32 rooms, they held a demonstration refusing to move out of the hostel premises. One of the ex-students even poured kerosene over herself and threatened to self-immolate if they were not allowed to stay in the hostel at least till the time of their PCS exams. The self-immolation threat had needed the female cops present on the scene to intervene.
The agitating girls spent the night in the hostel corridor and refused to leave the place despite efforts of the varsity authorities.
On Sunday morning, after being informed about the agitation and the refusal of the evicted girls to move out of the hostel premises, the proctor and the DSW once again reached the hostel and gave them the permission to stay in the hostel till their PCS exams get over.
On being contacted, AU Proctor Prof Jata Shankar said that the five girls have been granted permission to stay on in the hostel on humanitarian grounds as per their appeal that has been accepted by the Dean Students Welfare.
"We have made it clear to the girls that they would be allowed to stay in the hostel only as guests after depositing due money for the facility and would have no claim over the room or the seat later on. They would vacate the rooms after the PCS (Pre) exams are over in December 2006," he said.