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College plea to lift boycott

Patna College on Thursday wrote to the district administration for evicting illegal boarders from the institution’s hostels, as the non-teaching employees continued their boycott.

The institution convened a disciplinary meeting on Thursday and sent the letter to the district administration.

Patna College principal Rash Bihari Prasad Singh, who was present in the meeting, said: “The college administration has written a letter to the district administration about evacuating the illegal boarders living in the hostels.”

Dean of students’ welfare K.N. Paswan, wardens of the hostels and the members of the college’s disciplinary committee, the Patna College Non-Teaching Employees’ Association and Patna University Non-Teaching Employees’ Association attended the meeting.

On Tuesday, some boarders of Jackson Hostel had allegedly teased the daughter of a non-teaching employee. When employees reached the hostel and urged the inmates to stop troubling the girl, some boarders assaulted the employees. Aggrieved over the incident, the non-teaching employees’ association threatened to close the college till the administration took action.

On Thursday, the Patna University Non-teaching Employees’ Association also lent its support to the boycott.

With the employees continuing to boycott work, the students are the worst sufferers. They requested the administration to open the college as soon as possible.

A second-year history student said: “The college administration should not punish all of the students because of the nuisance created by others.”

The students added that the academic session was already running late and these disturbances were adding to their problems. They also demanded strict action to be initiated against the boarders involved in Tuesday’s incident.

The boarders at the four hostels — Jackson, Minto, Iqbal and New — also had to get food from roadside hotels. Vikash Kumar, a boarder at Minto Hostel, said: “As the mess facilities were suspended on Thursday, many students had to get food from outside. Not only does this add to the financial burden of the students, but the food is not very hygienic too.”

Patna College teacher Randhir Kumar Singh said: “This time, the college administration is prepared to take action against the boarders.”