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Ujjain university staff strike after attack on VC

The staff of Ujjain's Vikram University went on strike on Tuesday after activists of the VHP and Bajrang Dal attacked the vice-chancellor inside his office on Monday over his appeal for help to the people of flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir.

bhopal Updated: Sep 17, 2014 16:07 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Ujjain,Vikram University,Jammu and Kashmir

The teacher and staff at the Vikram University went on a strike on Tuesday to protest the alleged manhandling of the university vice chancellor by the VHP and Bajarang Dal activists for collecting relief for Jammu and Kashmir flood victims.

The university teachers and staff are demanding arrest of the activists involved in the incident.

Police on Tuesday arrested two persons in connection with the incident.

“Interrogation is on and very soon we will arrest all accused in the case,” said city superintendent of police Vijay Dabar.

Objecting to varsity vice-chancellor (VC) Prof Jawaharlal Kaul’s appeal to students for helping their Kashmiri classmates, a group of VHP and Bajarang Dal activists on Monday allegedly manhandled him and ransacked his office forcing the administration to provide him with security.

Kaul was admitted to the Sanjeevani Hospital with high blood pressure following the attack; he was released on Monday night.

As a precautionary measure, police guards have been posted outside the V-C’s bungalow and university premises, police said.

Sources at the university said the Hindu right-wing activities barged into the vice chancellor’s office and allegedly manhandled him. They also and vandalized the office, sources said.

In the wake of unprecedented floods in J&K, Kaul had appealed to students at the university to help their classmates and to pitch in with relief for the victims of the flood-ravaged state, sources said.

About 100 Kashmiri students are studying in different departments of university.

Earlier, the teachers and other staff of the university organized a rally demanding the arrest of those involved in the incident and tried to submit a memorandum to the inspector general of police (IGP) Ujjain.

Worker and leaders of Ujjain Congress leaders staged a protest and gheraoed the office of the superintendent of police Ujjain.

Ujjain police registered a case against the accused persons and have claimed to have arrested them.

State Education minister Paras Jain, who is also a local MLA, expressing regret over the incident said that those who had damaged the national property have not done the right thing.

“Police will arrest the culprits,” he said.

Meanwhile, condemning the attack on Kaul, Madhya Pradesh Congress leaders said it was similar to a Taliban-style act. The Congress said it was shameful for Ujjain, a city which is renowned across the world for its traditions and culture, to witness such an ugly incident where a vice-chancellor gets beaten up.

“Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had recently directed the police to act fearlessly against criminals and hooligans, but the situation in Ujjain shows that there is no fear among such elements in the state,” said state Pradesh Congress Committee president Arun Yadav.

“It is an unpardonable act.”

The party expressed concern over the deteriorating law-and-order situation in the state and demanded stern action against the perpetrators. It also demanded security for Kashmiri students studying in the state.

First Published: Sep 16, 2014 14:28 IST