Over 1,000 students of a private college in Haryana’s Gurgaon district unleashed violence inside the campus on Thursday, burning down two buses and the cafeteria, stoning staff cars, ransacking the laboratory and thrashing teachers. They were protesting the death of a 19-year-old student.
Kshitija Babbar, a computer science and engineering student of Dronacharya College of Engineering in Khentawas village, died of cardiac arrest on Wednesday. The autopsy revealed she had an enlarged heart.
College officials said Babbar fainted around 3pm, was shifted to a nearby hospital within 10 minutes and later taken to Medicity hospital in Gurgaon. But the protesters alleged she didn’t get medical help on time.
The hour-long violence erupted during a condolence meeting for Babbar on Thursday morning, with students also raising other issues such as food, water and power supply in the campus.
Some students said the attack was planned on Wednesday night itself and stones and hockey sticks arranged for.
The police said the college did not file a complaint against the protesters.