The last moment decision of Guru Nanak Girls College (GNGC) authorities to declare two-day holidays to pacify the agitating students post a forceful protest held against the college principal on Tuesday, backfired as the authorities failed to intimate the students on time, they turned up to attend the college on Wednesday morning, only to find the gates closed which further fuelled the agitation.
On Wednesday morning, the protest started at 9am, when day scholars coming from places as far as Samrala reached the college to attend classes but found the gate closed.
“On one hand, they keep on saying that we should complete our attendance and have been torturing us for the last one month, not allowing leave even for genuine reasons.
On the other hand, they themselves declare unnecessary holidays. It doesn’t make any sense,” rued Simran, a student.
Students also alleged that hundreds of college’s hostellers also faced harassment on Tuesday night as they were neither allowed to enter their rooms until 9.30pm nor food was served on time.
“After day scholars went back to their homes, the hostellers faced many problems. The food was served late due to which many slept without having meals,” said a student of Bachelor of Arts (BA) final year, requesting anonymity.
Late on Tuesday evening, the college authorities intimated the media regarding their decision to declare two-day holidays for students but the students were not informed about the same.
Hostellers were seen banging the gate of Guru Nanak Girls College as they were not allowed to move out and the day scholars were not being allowed to enter the campus.
Harman, a student, said that the hostlers were allegedly imprisoned inside the college.
“They want to join us but are not allowed to come out nor can we move in,” she added. In the meantime, social media and mobile phones were filling the communication void, through which the students were exchanging their vows and discussing action plans.
The four-and-a-half-hour protest was called off after two students, Manpreet and Harman met the college authorities. Manpreet later conveyed that the authorities have asked for a day more to review the matter.
“They have taken a note of our demands. If the demands are not fulfilled, we will resume the protest on Friday again,” she added.
Students’ unions join protest
Punjab Students Union (Lalkar) and Naujawan Bharat Sabha too joined the protest, giving it a musical touch by humming songs on guitar. Notes of ‘Toro Anyaaye ke Bandan Toro, Jhuti Aasha Shorho’ (Break the shackles of injustice, abandon false hopes) resonated outside the campus.
GNGC students resorted to protest against the alleged dictatorial behaviour of principal Charanjit Kaur Mahal on Tuesday morning after Ritu Paswan, a BA final year student of the college tried to commit suicide after she got a notice from the college stating that her name has been struck off the college rolls.
Names of 13 more students were struck off the rolls owing to shortage of attendance.