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NIT faculty members' protest against security lapses enters Day 16

HT Correspondent  Karnal, August 13, 2014
First Published: 20:36 IST(13/8/2014) | Last Updated: 20:37 IST(13/8/2014)

 The dharna by members of the National Institute of Technology Kurukshetra Teachers Association (NITKTA) at Kurukshetra entered 16th day on Wednesday.

Protesting faculty members are demanding immediate suspension of security officer of the NIT campus in view of an attack on a colleague.

On June 18, SS Rattan, 62, professor at the department of mechanical engineer, was attacked with knives at his residence by unidentified persons. He had sustained multiple injuries and was treated at a private super specialty hospital in SAS Nagar.

Rattan is recovering from the medical condition and staying on the NIT campus.

A few days before attack, Rattan's house was burgled and the thieves took away his iPad, laptop and a printer.

Police sources said that there was no headway in both the cases.

Way to NIT leads from the main entrance of the Kurukshetra University and both the campuses had their own security arrangements.

However, the residents said that they were concerned about the security as the attackers had entered and then fled unchecked after attacking Rattan.

Meanwhile, NITKTA president Vikas Chaudhary said that the association was holding protest from 5 pm daily for half an hour in front of the office of the institute director.

"We all are concerned about the security and the institute management has failed to win the confidence of the residents of the campus. Attack on Rattan is a clear case of security breach and the security incharge should be suspended till an inquiry is pending against him," said Chaudhary.

He blamed the NIT administration for being indifferent toward the security aspect as despite peaceful protest, the institute director had not even once come forward to discuss the issue.

"Three member committee set up by the NIT director to fix responsibility of security breach has not met even once," he alleged.

Meanwhile, the official spokesman of the institute PJ Philip said that the NIT authorities were concerned about the security on the campus and efforts were on to make security fool-proof.

"Director feels that strict action would be initiated against anyone found guilty in the in-house investigation on the security lapse. After the crime, we have installed more CCTVs to make the campus more secure," said Philip.


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