LU students go on the rampage
A VARSITY teacher was assaulted by student leaders for not parting with ?important questions?, management examinations were postponed and the channel gate of the main campus broken as violence rocked both the new and old campuses of Lucknow University (LU) on Wednesday.india Updated: Mar 23, 2006 00:06 IST
A VARSITY teacher was assaulted by student leaders for not parting with ‘important questions’, management examinations were postponed and the channel gate of the main campus broken as violence rocked both the new and old campuses of Lucknow University (LU) on Wednesday.
The new campus has been closed for three days after the ruckus. Four persons have been arrested, two student leaders suspended and FIRs registered against them.
Pandemonium prevailed on both the campuses with students along with some outsiders running amok, damaging LU property, hurling stones and resorting to firing. As if this wasn’t enough, some students led by their ‘leaders’ later blocked the main Hanuman Setu Road demanding adequate security on the two campuses.
The trouble started at the new campus on Wednesday morning where management examinations were to be held. Soon after the answer copies were distributed, the management students suddenly decided to oppose exams.
Claiming that since their second and fourth semester exam results had not been declared, there was no point in holding exams, students tore their answer sheets and later indulged in violence.
Though some student leaders were seen inciting the students, it is not clear who instigated the students. “I am not aware whether the students had a justified reason to oppose the exams but whatever they did was shameful. It’s a disgrace, a blot on the administrative capabilities of those holding senior posts in LU administration,” a senior teacher remarked later.
The violence on the new campus triggered off a similar reaction on the old campus. The issues here were different. It is learnt that student leaders Shiv Bhushan Singh and Saket Singh Sonu along with the students had gone to Dr Nand Lal Bharti, a teacher in the Public Administration department for getting ‘important’ questions.
Dr Bharti reportedly refused to help the students. The teacher’s refusal sparked off a shocking reaction from the student leaders who after a brief altercation with Dr Bharti started assaulting him. It is learnt that the teacher was assaulted with rods. The student leaders left only after they along with their cronies had ensured that the teacher landed in a hospital. Dr Bharti had to be rushed to Balrampur Hospital where his condition was critical.
FIRs against Shiv Bhushan Singh and Saket Singh Sonu have been registered. The LU administration has suspended the two student leaders and issued them a show cause notice asking them why they shouldn’t be expelled from the campus.
Even as the shameful was taking place, yet another incident of violence was reported again on the campus. This time it was outside the students union building of the varsity. Around 2.30 pm, two student groups entered into an altercation and then started exchanging blows. Suddenly, some students along with outsiders opened fire forcing a near stampede.
LU Students Union president Bajrangi Singh Bajju who was inside the LUSU building at this time came out along with his supporters. Still, some shots were fired. Now, LUSU president’s supporters chased those indulging in firing and assaulted them. Bajju’s supporters claimed that he was the target of those indulging in firing. Circle Officer (CO), Mahanagar, Habibul Hasan later arrested four persons in this connection.
Several student leaders now decided to make security on the campus an issue and marched till the DPA auditorium where LU V-C Prof RP Singh had come to participate in a function. Student leaders had an altercation with the V-C on the issue. Not satisfied with the V-C’s assurances, the student leaders along with their supporters marched till the main road opposite the Hanuman Setu temple and blocked road. They squatted on the streets and demanded that till their security concerns were addressed properly, they would not lift the blockade.
After about an hour, the student leaders finally called off their agitation when superintendent of police (Trans Gomti area) assured them that adequate security would be ensured on the campus.