FIRM STAND taken by the high court made its impact as hostellers started vacating hostels on their own in large numbers without waiting for the December-17 deadline. But not before they had misbehaved with media persons and photographers recording their departure. Proctor AN Singh too confirmed the fact that a large number of hostellers had vacated hostels on their own.
On the other hand, the district administration too extended cooperation with varsity administration in purging the hostels. Commissioner RK Mittal met the V-C to take stock of the situation and discussed how to resume normalcy on the campus. Sources said the commissioner was sympathetic about the present state of affairs and extended all help from his end. Also, police swung into action and arrested several AISA activists who were protesting the hostel evacuation order.
The V-C said purging the hostels was a must before teaching resumed on the campus. “The next hearing in the court is scheduled for December 19 and I am sure by that time most of the evacuation work would be over,” said V-C RP Singh. He added that he was not worried about any inquiry, as he had not done anything wrong. V-C said he was never involved in any financial embezzlement and the allegations leveled against him are all baseless. “I am ready to face any inquiry,” said the V-C.
Reacting to allegations leveled by the students’ leaders of LU not taking action against teachers with criminal records, the V-C said: “There number is less and he is well aware of it.” The varsity is even planning to urge the district administration to ensure that troublemakers after vacating the hostels did not sneak back inside. “We expect that the district administration would appreciate this decision of the LU and ensure that students with criminal records do no return after the crisis is over,” said a close aide of LU V-C.
No more in the shadow of gun
THE GOVERNMENT finally succumbed to the court order on Saturday and withdrew gunners provided to five of the Lucknow University (LU) student leaders who are close to the powers that be.
The group of five comprises ex-LUSU presidents Rajpal Kashyap and Abhishek Singh ‘Ashu’, ex-vice president Pawan Pandey, ex-general secretary Ram Singh Rana and another student leader Krishna Mohan Verma. SSP Rajiv Krishna said he had asked police lines to identify contractors among the list of those enjoying escort of gunners. As soon as the list is made the gunners would be withdrawn, said Krishna.
To comply with the court order SSP Rajiv Krishna ordered Reserve Police Lines to call back the gunners from the student leaders. The gunners started reporting to the Police Lines since early in the morning and till late in the noon all five armed guards were assigned to the new jobs. The gunner deputed with Rajpal Kashyap was the last to reach the police lines since Kashyap was out of the city.
When inquired about the details it was revealed that five student leaders were active members of the Samajwadi Party and that all had procured order for the gunners from the government absolutely free-of-cost. Since all these ‘influential’ students’ leaders are frequent visitors to top Samajwadi Party leaders, the Lucknow police had provided them gunners round-the-clock.
The court had issued order to the government for withdrawing the gunners on December 13 only to comply with the same till December 15. The court once again pulled the government on Friday and issued warning to comply with the order within 24 hours (till Saturday evening).
Another student leader who has to sent his gunner back is Vijay Kumar Singh ‘Tintu’. The latter probably procured gunner from the police lines in his native place. A senior cop, on condition of anonymity, said they were never in favour of providing gunners to these hooligans –turned-students’ leaders. But whenever any top cop referred the matter of misuse of police gunners they had to face the dire consequences.