IRATE STUDENTS of Malhar Ashram on Wednesday staged a chakka jam at the Rambag crossing to protest against the beating up of three of their students by some outsiders on Tuesday night.
The students, many of them not even in their teens, took out tables from the school, put them on the street and lay on them as a mark of protest. They prevented anyone from crossing the street that led to quite a few heated exchanges between the students and public.
As soon as the officials came to know about the chakka jam, SDO Uma Shankar Bhargava and CSP B J Salunke rushed to the site to placate the students. They assured that action would be taken against those who had beaten up the students. A report was also lodged at the Sadar Bazaar police station, and finally the students lifted the blockade.
Incidentally, while the students were staging the chakka jam the teachers of the school looked on and did nothing to stop them. In fact, it appeared the teachers had tacitly given their approval to the students.
School principal Ratna Prabha said that last night members of the Vikram Club were playing kabaddi in the Malhar Ashram grounds, which they usually do. One of the team members used a toilet in the hostel, and one of the hostlers locked the door from outside.
When the youth locked inside the hostel shouted for help, one of the students opened it, but the infuriated members of the Vikram Club started beating him up. When other students tried to intervene, they too were beaten up, and in the end Pawan Raghuvangshi, Vishwajeet, Surveer were injured.
Some of the teachers and students complained before the media that outsiders had taken over their grounds and they often had fights with the hostlers. The administration had also been told of the problems, but no one has so far paid any attention, they said. They pointed out that the construction of a boundary wall around the school has also stopped.
The students were so agitated that they simply refused to lift the chakka jam, and in the end SDO Uma Shankar Bhargava had to threaten that if they did not lift the blockade, cases would be registered against them and that might spoil their careers.
Some of the students were angry with the principal Ratna Prabha. They said that even after they were beaten up, no case was registered at the police station.
However, the principal said that no student was willing to lodge the report last night. In any case, even as the chakka jam was going on, the principal went to the Sadar Bazaar police station and lodged a complaint.