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MDU security measures hit roadblock after protest by locals

punjab Updated: Dec 13, 2013 19:10 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times

The efforts of the Maharishi Dayanand University authorities to make the security on the campus foolproof have hit the roadblock after several residents of Dev Colony, situated near the varsity, raised objection to a wall, which would have separated the varsity from the colony.

Notably, after an associate professor and director of Institute of Hotel and Tourism Management, Ashish Dahiya, was shot at by a former student on December 2, the varsity was asked by teaching, non-teaching and student fraternity to restrict the movement of outsiders on the campus. In a bid to keep a check, varsity unanimously decided to close all unmanned entry and exit points, which gave easy excess to the varsity campus.

Earlier this week, when a team of varsity officials reached to build a wall near the Dev Colony, several residents, including women, chased away the labourers. Later, the protesters also took away the bricks and construction material kept for raising the wall.

A delegation of the colony residents also met senior varsity authorities, urging not to construct wall, reasoning that several youngsters from the colony study in the school situated on the university campus and will have to take a circuitous route, if the wall comes up. When the delegation received no assurance, another group of housewives from the colony also met registrar SP Vats in this regard.

Talking to Hindustan Times, registrar Vats said that the security of varsity was of paramount importance to them and the decision to raise the wall was an unanimous decision. He said that the protesters reserve no legal right to raise objection, but still their plaint is being looked into. He said that if the colony residents didn't mend their ways, the varsity would deal with them with iron hands.