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LU suspends 83 student leaders, supporters

india Updated: Dec 14, 2006 10:31 IST

Teaching will resume if the district administration and the police help us remove offenders from the campus: V-C

THE LUCKNOW University authorities suspended 83 student leaders and their cronies with criminal antecedents on Wednesday. The university also banned the entry of another 150 students whose names figured in criminal cases in the past, or against whom the proctor's office had initiated action.

Vice-chancellor RP Singh said teaching would resume shortly if the district administration and the police "help us in removing these offenders from the campus".

Those suspended face criminal charges ranging from murder, attempt to murder, arson, violence, disturbing the peace and clashes.

"Since a majority of the offenders are hostellers, we have decided to get the hostels vacated," said Singh, while releasing the list of suspended students here on Wednesday.

The V-C made it clear their entry into the campus and the hostels was being banned. The list has been sent to district magistrate to ensure that the ban is enforced. The number of suspensions this time are the largest in the recent past.  In 1996-97, 40 students were suspended during the tenure of the then vice-chancellor SP Singh.

The authorities are now issuing show-cause notices to the alleged offenders, asking them to explain their conduct and the criminal charges they face within three days, failing which they will be expelled from the university.

The V-C said, "The list has been publicised and notices will be served on the offenders at the earliest. We now expect the district administration and the police to put a ban on their entry into the campus and the hostels."

"The student leadership  is always ready to disturb the peaceful academic atmosphere of the campus. They terrorise hostel inmates." 

The V-C said the district administration had been pressing the university to produce a list of offenders so that action could be initiated. But district magistrate Ramendra Tripathi said: "At no point of time did the district administration say that it would not co-operate with LU. We've deputed a magistrate for the purpose." SSP Rajeev Krishna also said that police were present on the campus and the hostels would be vacated.

About criticism by political parties of his decision to close the university sine die, the V-C said: "It is my duty to maintain discipline on the campus. And I'm free to take any decision in this regard." Barring a few teachers, all heads and deans supported the varsity administration's decision, he said.

The V-C reiterated the closure would continue until varsity hostels were vacated. He showered praise on those political leaders and academicians who supported his decision.

Asserting that he was striving hard to restore the lost glory of LU, he exuded confidence that the university would soon live up to its motto of light and learning.

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