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Student suicide: Amritsar Khalsa College appoints acting principal, registrar in bid to ease tension

The action comes since the principal, Mehal Singh, registrar Devender Singh and agriculture HoD Randeep Kaur Bal having been booked for abetting the suicide of Harpreet Singh, a student of BSc (agriculture) in his hostel room on Wednesday. 

punjab Updated: Apr 29, 2017 19:26 IST
HT Correspondent
A banner at Khalsa College gates in Amritsar demands justice for the suicide victim.
A banner at Khalsa College gates in Amritsar demands justice for the suicide victim.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)

Hoping to ease the tension over a hosteller’s suicide that has led to protests by students, Khalsa College Governing Council on Saturday appointed Sukhmeen Kaur Bedi, a senior professor and dean of academics, as acting principal of the historic college in Amritsar. 

The dean for sciences, MS Batra, was appointed acting registrar, and Prof Gurdev Singh the head of the agriculture department. 

The action comes since the principal, Mehal Singh, registrar Devender Singh and agriculture HoD Randeep Kaur Bal having been booked for abetting the suicide of Harpreet Singh, a student of BSc (agriculture) in his hostel room on Wednesday. 

It’s students versus teachers

Meanwhile, teachers, most of whom reside on the campus, held a parallel protest and demanded cancellation of the FIR. Students blocked the entry of the teachers and staff members from the rear Ram Tirath Road side. 

Students sitting on dharna against the police and Khalsa College management at the college gates in Amritsar on Saturday, April 29. (Sameer Sehgal /HT)
Khalsa College staff protesting against cases registered against colleagues in Amritsar on Saturday, April 29. (Sameer Sehgal/HT)

The teachers, then, gave an ultimatum to the students to end their protest or face a massive demonstration against them on Monday. 

KCGC chief Satyajit Majithia appealed to the district administration to stop being mute spectators to the whole scene and restore normal academic life at the college.