STUDENT LEADERS have strongly protested the closure of the Lucknow University and degree colleges and moratorium on union elections. Irate student leaders indulged in vandalism, burnt an effigy of the Vice-Chancellor and demanded his resignation today. They also damage university property later in the evening. Student leaders Aparna Singh and Sona Verma also tried to stop the Kailash Girls’ Hostel inmates from vacating the premises and appealed to them to oppose the V-C.
District administration and police officials held meeting with student leaders and urged them not to take the law in their hands.Meanwhile, the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) and district magistrate (DM) also met the V-C and asked him why he had taken the decision to have the campus vacated upon which, the V-C told them that it was up to the varsity administration to take such decisions.
He also showed them letters sent to the administration several times in the past asking them to ensure law and order on the campus and apprising them of the deteriorating situation. Later, the LU V-C appealed to guardians to not allow their wards to visit the varsity till normalcy was restored on the campus. He said relevant notices would be issued through the media and on the varsity website.
“We look forward to your wholehearted co-operation in our pious task of making the University a true place of learning,” reads the appeal issued by the V-C.
Early Friday morning, student leaders had ransacked the Law Faculty on the Second Campus and uprooted several gates.
They had also forced the suspension of the classes. Vidyant Hindu Degree College students had also resorted to violence on and off the college premises and blocked traffic on city roads.
Lucknow Christian P-G College students had staged a protest against the Lyngdoh panel report by wearing black bands and forcing the closure of the college. Other degree college students too, joined in the protests later in the day.