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Agitated students vandalise Barwala college after death of 19-year-old hosteller

The situation at Swami Devi Dyal College in Barwala remained tense at the college throughout the day, a reminder of a 2009 incident when two groups of students had clashed on the campus. 

punjab Updated: Oct 10, 2017 13:30 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Panchkula
Agitated students,students vandalise Barwala college,Swami Devi Dyal College
Windowpanes of a building vandalised at Swami Devi Dyal College, Barwala, in Panchkula district. (Sant Arora/HT)

Students of Swami Devi Dyal College in Barwala, Panchkula district, vandalised the institute’s property, including the buildings and vans, following the death of a student on the intervening night of Sunday and Monday.

The situation remained tense at the college throughout the day, a reminder of a 2009 incident when two groups of students had clashed on the campus.

Nineteen-year-old Noorzam, a second-year computer engineering student who hailed from Nepal, reportedly fell off the fourth floor of his college hostel around 11:55pm. Even as police are probing whether the student committed suicide or was pushed, what enraged the students was the delay in providing treatment to the victim.

The situation remained tense at the college throughout the day, a reminder of a 2009 incident when two groups of students had clashed on the campus.

A group of students told HT that they informed the security guard and even the warden to immediately take the student to hospital. However, help came after one hour, they said.

“He could have been saved if the college authorities acted swiftly. But no one bothered. Even the security in-charge was not present,” they alleged.

Students alleged the management charged exorbitant fee from them, but provided no facilities.

A student said that they were shocked to find the college ambulance was not working when Noorzam had to be taken to hospital. He had to be shifted to the hospital of the parent group’s dental college, where there was no one to administer even first aid, he said.

“We got the ambulance started after pushing it, but it broke down at the college gate. Then the victim was taken in the private car of a security official. But by the time we reached hospital, he had died due to excessive bleeding,” said a student.

Noorzam, the victim

Police probing death

The entrance of the main administrative block has been vandalised. Even the windowpanes of the building are broken. A portion of reception area, too, caught fire due to short circuit after students hit the building with flower pots.At least three other blocks have been affected.

Police said at least 200 students were involved in the incident. The situation came under control after police entered the campus.Panchkula deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Manbir Singh said the matter was under investigation.

Students said they will not attend classes till they are assured better facilities on the campus. College vice-president Ashok Jindal said the management had no role in this matter.

“Students got carried away after the death of their fellow student,” he said. “We are trying to identify the students behind the attack. But our first priority is to find out the circumstances under which the victim fell off the building.”

Meanwhile, Noorzam’s body has been kept at the mortuary of the General Hospital, Sector 6. The boys’ parents, who have left Nepal, will reach early Tuesday morning.

The college has nearly 150 students from Nepal. They want the Nepal embassy to intervene to ensure the college management provides them better facilities and stops harassing them.

Windowpanes of a bus vandalised at Swami Devi Dyal College, Barwala, in Panchkula district. (Sant Arora/HT)

First Published: Oct 10, 2017 13:29 IST