Students engage in a verbal duel at Jamshedpur Workers’ College. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Jamshedpur, Feb. 18: A petty issue snowballed into a major controversy, leading to disruption of the annual sports meet of Jamshedpur Workers’ College today.
Rivalry among students of the college is believed to be the reason behind the problem.
A group of students led by Pawan Kumar, a student of BA Part-II, barged into the college campus when the annual sports meet was in progress.
“The students raised illogical queries about the necessity of organising the meet and why it was not being held at a larger venue like JRD Tata Sports Complex,” said a student of the college.
The sports meet was called off amid sloganeering by the group of students.
Javelin throw, shot put, hammer throw, chess, volleyball and carrom events were cancelled. Only the shuttlers were lucky to take part in their matches.
Students said Pawan Kumar, who had lost the recently held college elections, was ruffled by his defeat and wanted to create ruckus.
“He had lost the election to Anoop Singh, the present secretary of the college students’ union. Kumar could not digest his defeat in the polls. He wanted to show his might and so he disturbed the sports meet,” a student said.
Jamshedpur Workers’ College principal S.S. Razi said action would be taken against the erring students after deliberations with teaching and non-teaching staff.
“The students asked illogical questions. They wanted to know why the sports meet was not organised elsewhere, at a larger venue. They also asked why cricket was not a part of the sports meet,” he said.
“Disrupting the sports meet was the prime motive of the group,” the principal said.
Students present at sports meet said that JRD Tata Sports Complex as well as other venues were booked. “We have been organising the sports meet for some years now on the college premises itself. There has been no problem earlier,” they said.