Khalsa College suicide row: Majithia cries political conspiracy, appeals to Punjab govt

“The students must realise that people who are backing them are doing that for their political and personal interests.”

punjab Updated: May 01, 2017 20:08 IST
Usmeet Kaur
Usmeet Kaur
Hindustan Times, Amritsar
Khalsa College Amritsar,KCGC,Satyajit Majithia
KCGC president Satyajit Majithia addressing the media in Amritsar on Monday, May 1.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)

As exams at Khalsa College, Amritsar, were postponed indefinitely on Monday due to students’ protest over suicide by a hosteller, the governing council president, Satyajit Majithia, said that no “vindictive action” will be taken against the agitating students. “Why will we do that with our own students? We are also their foster parents.”

Yet, he added, “The students must realise that people who are backing them are doing that for their political and personal interests... The allegations that the students are putting is a ‘saazish’ (conspiracy), and there are a few elements who are instigating them for political gains.”

He appealed to the state government to handle the situation efficiently, “and ask the administration to cooperate with the college management”. The administration is not playing a very cooperative role, he said, claiming that the police had rushed into filing the FIR against three staff members, including the principal, for allegedly abetting the suicide.

“I believe ours is not a banana republic... If our decisions humiliate the professors, the management would be in a bigger problem,” he declared at a press conference. “As demanded, we have sent them (the three accused) home, and have asked them to stay there. Students are asking for immediate suspension, but taking actions against such senior educationists without inquiry and evidence is not what educated people do.”

He said postponing examinations is “a major setback to thousands of students” but added that “a few hundred students have left no way out for the management”.

“They (protesting students) have blocked all five entries to the college which had restricted the movement and hampered the overall academic environment. Without proper normalcy, exams can’t be conducted. Now, it totally depends on the students.”

He said he decided to meet the agitators and also the deceased’s family to whom he has offered help.

First Published: May 01, 2017 19:56 IST