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Expelled, but having field day on campus

india Updated: Oct 12, 2006 00:13 IST
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Expelled student leader Pawan Singh—accused in an attempt to murder case—surprised everyone by barging into the Institute of Rural Development Studies on Tuesday when the inaugural function was taking place. He touched the feet of the proctor and additional proctor and took a seat right in front of LU V-C even during the agriculture minister’s address.

Singh has been moving freely on the campus, despite a ban on his entry into the campus. Since then, 24 hours have passed and varsity administration has not yet bothered to take any action against the expelled student leader. Pawan Singh is not the lone expelled student leader to move free on the campus. There are host of other student leaders, including Amit Kumar Singh Punju and Faiz Khalili, who were expelled from LU on various grounds, but are mostly seen on the campus moving from one end to another without any tab from any quarter.

When contacted, proctor AN Singh said: “Yes, it is unfortunate that expelled student leaders are moving freely. We all felt quite uneasy when Pawan Singh breezed into the hall and took a seat right in front of the dais. But since the minister was addressing the gathering, we decided not to create any scene.

The leader has flouted norms and action would be initiated against him. I would write to the police to take some measures against him and other leaders moving on the campus.”

Interestingly, every time LU officials expel student leaders, they return to the campus with more power. These rowdy student leaders seek intervention of their political masters who pave the way for their smooth return to the campus.

There have been several instances, including the one involving Ram Singh Rana who was expelled for creating nuisance on the campus. But LU was forced to revoke the expulsion order. Reason: Samajwadi Party leaders allegedly mounted pressure on LU officials to take Rana back. 

According to LU officials, there is no mechanism to stop the entry of the expelled student leaders into the campus.

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