A number of students staged a sit-in on Monday at a private college demanding that their former director be reinstated. He had resigned from his post after protests by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) against him.
Mohammad Salim, director of Llyod Law College, a private institute in Knowledge Park of Greater Noida, had resigned on Monday afternoon after protests from college students and those from the ABVP. He was accused of allegedly misbehaving with a girl student who had come to college late, and running after students with a shoe.
On Sunday morning, Pratima Singh , a BA LLB student, had allegedly arrived to the college late. Singh is in her 10th semester and students of 10, 11 and 12th semesters have classes on weekend while other semesters’ students have classes on weekdays.
In a video circulated by ABVP, Singh alleges that Salim used expletives against her and ran after her and other latecomers holding up his shoe.
Following the incident, Singh, her friends and ABVP members staged a sit-in on Monday and demanded the director’s resignation.
On Monday evening, Salim offered his resignation and the students and ABVP members stopped protesting. Many students and teachers have alleged that ABVP students had created a ruckus and threatened the faculty.
Akhilesh Kumar Khan, head of law department, Llyod College, said, “On Monday, ABVP cadres locked me inside a room for hours and misbehaved with me. A majority of the protestors were outsiders and ABVP cadres. Communal remarks were also made against me and the cadres had used expletives.
However, on Tuesday, dozens of first-year law students, allegedly backed by the college administration, staged a sit-in in the college campus and demanded that Salim be re-instated.
“Salim sir has changed our college for good with his hard work and dedication. ABVP cadres are intentionally trying to communalise the issue and politicise our campus. We demand that he be reinstated,” said Rishabh, a first-year student. Students have also taken to Facebook and Twitter with the slogans ‘Bring back Salim sir’ and ‘Save Llyod’.
While the college administration has set up a committee to probe the incident, Khan has refused to lodge a complaint against the students who had allegedly locked him up on Monday.
“One student, Himanshu, who was leading the protest along with ABVP cadres, has apologised to me. Therefore I chose to not lodge a police complaint against him since he is a student,” he said.
ABVP district convenor Gaurav Singh said the college administration had harassed a girl student and the cadres had entered the college campus in her support.
“We ensured that the director was removed because he had misbehaved with a woman. How can an institute head use such expletives and chase students with a shoe? This is uncalled for and the ABVP will stand up for students wherever required,” he said.
Meanwhile, Arun Kumar, circle officer, Greater Noida 1, said, “No incident of violence has been reported and it was an internal matter of the college that was resolved on Monday itself. However, we are keeping an eye on any such protests in Knowledge Park colleges.”
Salim was unavailable for comment.