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Dal wing up in arms against ‘anomaly’

A handful of youths owing allegiance to the JD(U) students’ wing created ruckus at Darbhanga House where a Teachers’ Day function was being held and attended by Patna University vice-chancellor Shambhu Nath Singh.

The JD(U) members shouted slogans against the vice-chancellor (VC) for his alleged involvement in financial irregularities as mentioned in the interim report of the principal accountant-general’s (PAG) office. They also created ruckus claiming that the varsity had failed to disclose the dates for the students’ union poll.

The students entered the Darbhanga House premises carrying burning tyres and disrupted proceedings for around 30 minutes. The students of the journalism department had organised a function for felicitating teachers.

However, Wednesday’s incident has stirred a hornet’s nest among Patna University (PU) teachers who were upset with the frequent protests by students.

Their anger was reflected in the PU Teachers’ Day function held at Wheeler Senate Hall on Wednesday evening. They also wore black badges as a sign of protest. PU proctor Kriteshwar Prasad, venting his anger, said: “A handful of students have started a practice of keeping the university administration on its toes.”

Sources said the agitation was in response to Tuesday’s news conference in which Singh claimed that he had no involvement in financial irregularities and the varsity administration was preparing to reply to observations made by the PAG office interim report.