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india Updated: Sep 12, 2006 00:17 IST

LCC students burn effigy l Cong for CBI probe l Community meet today

SECURITY HAS been beefed up on Loreto Convent (LC) campus following vandalism by Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha activists on Sunday.

About 15 Catholic institutes remained closed in protest. Secretary of Association of Catholic Educational Institutions in UP Father Paul Rodrigues claimed that around 25 institutes had remained closed. However, a few prominent institutions, like La Martiniere Boys’, remained open. A handful of former LC students were seen standing outside the college in support. But, they didn’t form a human chain as had been announced earlier. They claimed that a similar prayer service was also carried out at St Agnes’. 

Meanwhile, students of Lucknow Christian College (LCC) burnt effigies of BJP leaders in protest against the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM’s) hooliganism on LC campus. LCC teachers also held a meeting to condemn the incident in general and the LC Chapel in particular. They said the attack on the Church would not be tolerated. LCC Principal BP Masih said all Christian College classes would remain suspended on Tuesday to register protest against the incident. A Christian community meeting has been convened at LCC on Tuesday to chalk out a strategy.

Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader, Pramod Tiwari visited the college and met the principal. Tiwari demanded an inquiry to look into the issue of alleged hurting of religious sentiments on the LC Assembly on September 6 and a CBI probe into Sunday evening’s vandalism. He held both the BJP and the ruling SP responsible for the vandalism. 

However, away from the rhetoric, the students acted maturely by deciding to call off their protest march that was scheduled for Monday morning.

“That is because we have our exams and the college authorities have advised us to focus on our studies,” said Anam Zaidi, LC head girl.