Jasper hostel on ISM campus. (Gautam Dey)
A major fracas was averted on the ISM-Dhanbad campus early on Wednesday thanks to the timely intervention of the institute authorities.
The tension between postgraduate and undergraduate students threatened to flare up in the wee hours of Wednesday as around 50 BTech students led by an alumni of the institute tried to barge into Jasper Hostel to settle scores with their MSc and MTech counterparts. However, timely intervention by security personnel and senior administrative officials prevented a scuffle between seniors and juniors.
The campus administration, however, took a tough stand against the troublemakers and lodged an FIR against four persons —alumni Shailesh Suman and third year BTech students Abhishek Singh, David Ekka and Sandesh Singh. Dhanbad Police has detained all four for questioning.
While the FIR charges Suman, a 2011 batch alumni working with Tata Steel’s Jharia division, with trespassing in the hostel and misbehaving with registrar Col. (retd) M.K. Singh, Abhishek Singh, David Ekka and Sandesh Singh are accused of creating nuisance in the institute in an inebriated condition.
According to sources, more than 50 BTech students led by Suman reached Jasper hostel at 2am and tried to barge in.
The security guard deputed in front of the hostel, however, stopped the students from entering and locked the main gate, before informing institute officials. The officials, led by the registrar soon reached the site and instructed the BTech students to return to their respective hostels.
“Some of the students who were inebriated however, misbehaved with the registrar,” said a source, adding that the others present were chief hostel warden D.D. Pathak, dean of student welfare Sukumar Laik and associate dean of student welfare Chandan Bhar, who called the police, following which the students dispersed. The registrar later lodged an FIR against four persons before the officials camped in front of Jasper Hostel to prevent any further trouble.
Confirming the incident, registrar Singh said no act of indiscipline and nuisance would be tolerated on the campus.
He added that new rules would be imposed to restrict the entry of all outsiders, including former students, into the campus without information.
“We have handed over the three students to the police along with Suman in order to deter others from indulging in similar acts of indiscipline,” said Singh.
Dhanbad SP Ravi Kant Dhan also confirmed the FIR but said the students were allowed to leave the police station after being warned.
Notably, on August 27, over 50 BTech students tried to enter Jasper Hostel to get even with their seniors who apparently misbehaved with a 1998 batch BTech passout Nilmani Singh at the institute canteen.