Bricks lie on the Patna College campus after the clash on Saturday. Picture by Ranjeet Kumar Dey
Patna, Sept. 21: Patna College is back in the limelight for all the wrong reasons — campus violence.
The college administration issued a notice to the boarders of all five hostels on its campus to vacate the rooms in two days, failing which they would be forcibly evicted.
This morning, two groups of students, mainly boarders of Iqbal and Minto hostels, clashed over a trivial issue and hurled at least five crude bombs on the campus, prompting the college management to take the decision of getting the hostels vacated.
Inability to stem frequent hostel clashes led the police to ask the college administration to take stern measures.
K.N. Paswan, the dean (students’ welfare) of Patna University, told The Telegraph: “The college administration issued a notice today asking all hostel boarders to vacate the rooms by 6am on September 23. If they fail to do so, police assistance would be taken. The police told the college administration they would not be able to control students’ rowdy activities given the pressures of the approaching festival season.”
The college administration was readying to file an FIR at Pirbahore police station against the students involved in violence.
Patna University vice-chancellor Arun Sinha said the matter was serious. “Vacations were announced during two major clashes between different hostels earlier. But the boarders gave a written assurance they would not indulge in violence again. The college administration wanted the students to be given another chance, which the PU honoured. But after today’s incident, the police have made it clear it was impossible for them to control the violent students time and again,” said the VC.
The Patna College campus houses Minto, Jackson, Iqbal, New and Nadmi hostels. The first four hostels come under Patna College, while the fifth belongs to the social welfare department.
Today’s violence sparked off around 9.30am, when a boarder of Iqbal hostel and another belonging to Minto got into an argument after a mass communication class.
“Mass communication classes are held in the college’s language block. Abid Raza and Nishikant had an altercation over seats in a classroom. After class, both called up boarders from their respective hostels. Armed with sticks and rods, students from both hostels arrived on the college ground and started fighting. Bricks were pelted and five crude bombs hurled. At least 12 students sustained injuries. The cops contained the violence,” said a teacher of the college, wishing anonymity.