Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) activists and some students from second year Bachelor of Commerce (Bcom) allegedly assaulted Sunil Mantri, the principal of Narsee Monjee (N.M.) College in Vile Parle.
They also allegedly damaged college property including the computers and the furniture.
The MNS activists were protesting on behalf of the second year Bachelor of commerce (Bcom) students who had been rusticated and were denied admission for the third year because of poor attendance.
Though the police deny an assault on Sunil Mantri, the principal of N.M. College, MNS activists claimed they thrashed the principal after he used abusive language while referring to party president Raj Thackeray.
“We registered a case of trespassing and threatening against the activists and some students, but so far no arrests have been made,” said a police official from Juhu police station.
MNS activists had approached the college authorities 10 days ago and had requested them to reconsider their decision to rusticate the students. However, the decision was not changed.
MNS justified the violence saying that the principal deserved it.
MNS leader Sandeep Deshpande said: “First of all Mantri was not giving the results to the students and when we questioned him, he used abusive language while referring to Rajsaheb. Hence we bashed him up and we are not sorry.”
“If the students indeed had low attendance, they should not have been allowed to take the exams in the first place,” said Deshpande.
“Which college will absorb these students now?” he asked while accusing the college of ruining the career of the students.