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Harass slur on principal

Ranchi’s Ramlakhan Singh Yadav College erupted into campus protest on Monday, demanding removal of principal C.M. Singh for allegedly making passes and harassing female students.

The agitators, led by various students’ outfits, also demanded recruitment of good faculty members, development of cradle infrastructure and hosting of youth festivals.

“We are protesting against many lapses in functioning of this college. The principal, who often harasses girls, has also done little for the development of this institution. He should be removed from his post,” said Harish Kumar, a leader of Ajsu’s student wing.

A pupil, not willing to be named, said that Singh indeed made passes at girls.

“We dislike approaching him for anything. He looks at you in a weird way and says things you don’t want to hear. Recently, he saw a third-year arts student in jeans and said, ‘you look sexy. I live alone… come home if you need any help’,” she said.

The protest stalled classes from 9am for the rest of the day.

“This is an excuse for a college. There are no proper classrooms, drinking water facilities and toilets. Common rooms are a far cry. Inadequate faculty members mean classes are not held regularly. The college land does not have registration either,” the Ajsu leader said.

Gaurav Ojha, the secretary of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), called for an investigation. “We went to the college to unearth the root of the problem. Girl students may be at the receiving end, but allegations need to be probed,” he said.

Principal Singh could not be reached for his comments. His cellphone remained switched off and the college landline was out of order. A senior faculty member refused to say anything controversial on record. “I don’t know how true the allegations are. All I know is that someone of a principal’s stature or, for that matter, any learned man would not dare to do such things,” he said.