POLICE RESTORED to mild lathicharge to disperse the students who had staged a dharna at the entrance gate of the university in support of their demands to ensure smooth running of classes and to create an academic atmosphere in the campus. Half a dozen students of BA I received minor injuries.
It is notable that the normal functioning in the university came to a grinding halt due to the strike of employees, which entered the 8th consecutive day. When the students of BA I reached university on Wednesday the lock of faculty of Arts was closed. Students demanded that the lock be opened. Meanwhile students leaders Shrikant Mishra, Shrichand Lala, Rajkumar Rai and others led the delegation of students to the Vice Chancellor’s residence and shouted slogans against the university administration. Protesting against the negative attitude of university officials they reached at the entrance gate of the university and staged a dharna. They also went on to block the traffic movement that created problem for the commuters.
Meanwhile taking note of the situation, V-C Prof Arun Kumar held a meeting with students’ union leaders to pacify them. Prof Kumar accepted the demands of the students to start the allotment of Alaknanda Hostel and appointed Prof Purnima Satyadev as the warden.
The process of allotment in the girls’ hostel would start from November 16 he informed.
Prof Kumar also told the students that the meeting of the university working committee was scheduled on November 15 at 4 pm and he had already sent a letter to the government for removing the finance officer who was not cooperating with the university administration.
He said the issue would be discussed in the working committee in detail.
After declaring these measures, he also castigated the strike by students expressing hope that it would end soon and normal functioning would be restored.