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3 Hyderabad university students suspended for assaulting wardens

Pratyush Nirjher, Sagnik Saha and V Athira Unni are suspended from all academic programmes and hostel for two years.

india Updated: Dec 08, 2017 17:03 IST
Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
Hindustan Times, Hyderabad
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The three students were among 13 who allegedly manhandled and abused wardens who made a surprise check on the men’s hostel on November 3.(Prasad Nichenametla/HT FILE PHOTO)

The University of Hyderabad has suspended three post-graduate students, including a female student, for two years on charges of manhandling and abusing wardens during their surprise check of the men’s hostel on November 3.

The decision was taken by the executive council (EC) of the university at its December 2 meeting based on the council report.

Vice chancellor Podile Appa Rao ratified the suspension of the three students — Pratyush Nirjher, Sagnik Saha and V Athira Unni — from all academic programmes and hostel.

The university, which had suspended seven other students — Tinanjali Dam, Kesaban Sankar Roy Chouduri, Shivam Goswami, Sahith Mandapalli, Venkateshwarlu Yerukala, Arpith Shankar and Yamarthi Sai Kumar — for six months on similar charges, reduced their suspension period to six weeks.

“In both the cases, students will not be entitled to hostel admission upon resumption of their studies,” a university spokesperson said.

The 10 students were placed under suspension on November 7 on charges of assaulting and abusing faculty wardens on November 3. The suspension led to an uproar among the students, who took out protest demonstrations on the campus.

A week later, the university authorities entrusted the probe to the EC and asked the students to represent their versions to the EC.

“Pending the EC probe, the university kept the suspension order in abeyance and permitted them to appear for the end semester exams,” the spokesperson said.

Recalling the November 3 incident, the spokesperson said a team of faculty wardens conducted a surprise check at the men’s hostel J on the campus discovered a girl student in a male boarder’s room against hostel rules.

“When the wardens asked them for their identity cards, they refused to comply and began raising a hue and cry and started shouting slogans. This attracted many other students who surrounded the room and began hurling abuses and shouting slogans too. They switched off the lights about three times and manhandled the wardens in the dark,” the university official said.

“While the students confined the wardens in the room for a long period, they also blocked other wardens from the ground floor from approaching this room. The same student in whose room a girl student was seen had been issued a show-cause notice earlier for breaking hostel rules on the same issue,” the spokesperson pointed out.

Describing the surprise inspection of the wardens late in the night as nothing but moral policing, the suspended students rejected the charges of the university authorities that they had resorted to manhandling of wardens.

“The girl student told the authorities that she had come to her classmate’s room in the men’s hostel to discuss some project work for the semester exams. The students only questioned the wardens for disturbing the students in the late hours and intimidate them,” one of the students explained.

First Published: Dec 08, 2017 17:03 IST