NSUI workers caned in Indore over scholarship scam protest

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Indore
  • Updated: Oct 02, 2014 18:46 IST

A split within the local NSUI rank was evident during protest over scholarship scam in Indore as not a single top leader participated in the protest. The NSUI workers failed to bring even 20 students to their so-called massive protest. Juni Indore police resorted to lathi charge to disperse mob, before they marched towards collector office to submit memorandum.

NSUI national secretary and Madhya Pradesh NSUI state in-charge Nikhil Dwivedi removed Indore district general secretary Javed Khan, who led the protest, from the post. Khan was removed as the protest was not endorsed by NSUI. The NSUI state body had earlier decided to conduct a massive protest on October 16 in the presence of senior leaders.

Earlier in the afternoon, a handful of NSUI members and a few college students gathered at Ganji Compound ground in front of Indore collector office. Police force from Juni Indore police station barricaded the main exit of ground to stop NSUI workers moving towards collector office.

After addressing the gathering, members and students started marching towards collector office to submit memorandum to the district collector. In the memorandum, NSUI demanded to register an FIR against all college administrators who are named in the list under Section 420 of Indian Penal Code.

"How is it possible that one student could register himself or herself in different colleges in different courses in the same year? The government is sheltering big education mafias and officials involved in the scam as many educational institutions are running on scholarship money," Khan said.

Like PEB scam unfolded one after other and STF produced charge-sheet against 34 accused in December last year and lodged FIR against 143 people, the 'absentee scholarship scam' would also involve hundreds of people in its fold, Khan added.

However, police cane charged NSUI workers as they tried to move towards collector office. After hour long drama, administrative officers from district collector officer accepted the memorandum. Claiming dharna successful, Javed Khan said that they got good support from students and they will continue to fight for students' welfare in future.

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