Teachers of the local Khalsa College started a parallel protest on Saturday, demanding cancellation of the FIR against their colleagues.
Situation turned murkier on Saturday after the students blocked all five gates of the college, including the rare entrance, and prevented the staff from entering the campus.
Later, as many as 150 staff members sat on a dharna and protested against the students. They asked the police to cancel the FIR registered against college principal Mehal Singh, head of the agriculture department Randeep Kaur and registrar Devinder Singh. The three officials were booked for abetting Harpreet Singh’s suicide on Thursday.
The teachers, however, lifted the dharna after college governing council president Satyajit Singh Majithia and honrary secretary Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina reached the protest site.
Talking to media persons, Majithia said, “Harpreet Singh was not given roll number as his lectures were short. We only followed the norms. The entire management is sad over the fact that he committed suicide.”
He added: “But the agitation by students is hampering the working of college. Police is doing its job and we will again hold talks with agitating students.”
Majithia said since exams are starting in the college from Tuesday, the authorities want to restore the academic environment. “Few outsiders have also joined the agitation. I will meet the police commissioner,” he said.
KCGC forms fact-finding committee
Khalsa College Governing Council (KCGC) formed a four-member fact-finding committee, which has been asked to submit a report in a week. The committee is headed by finance secretary Gunbir Singh.
SIT begins probe
The Special Investigation Team (SIT), formed by the police to investigate the case, started the probe on Saturday. The SIT, formed by police commissioner S Srivastava, recorded the statement of students.