Students protest in front of Jamshedpur Co-operative College on Monday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Irate members of Jamshedpur Co-operative College Bachao Sangharsh Samiti — a joint front of students owing allegiance to various political outfit — kept Jamshedpur Co-operative College closed on Monday to protest against the construction of the controversial boundary wall by XLRI management.
Agitating students started gathering on campus in Northern Town from early morning. They laid siege to both Jamshedpur Co-operative College and the law cradle (on the same premises) at 9am.
A phalanx of police officers headed by deputy superintendent of police Sangeeta Kerketta was deployed near the seven-feet-high boundary wall on XLRI’s new campus to prevent any untoward incident.
A delegation of Jamshedpur Co-operative College Bachao Sangharsh Samiti also left for Ranchi to file a PIL against the premier B-school for constructing the boundary wall overnight.
Later in the day, agitators rallied towards the deputy commissioner’s office in Sakchi.
They met deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal and apprised him on problems students would face due to the construction of the boundary wall blocking the 100m stretch used by them as a short-cut to reach their cradle.
Pawan Singh, president of Jharkhand Chhatra Morcha — a part of the front — told The Telegraph that they would intensify their agitation by closing all the other six Jamshedpur-based constituent colleges of Kolhan University on Wednesday.
“We are going to intensify our agitation, as it is a legitimate demand aimed to benefit students,” said Singh.
The worst sufferers were the intermediate students who had come to the college to submit their examination forms for Part-I examination. The last day for submission of forms is Thursday.
“We were standing in a queue to submit our examination forms when suddenly we saw student activists entering the campus and asking us to leave immediately. We had no other option but to leave the premises in dismay,” a student, who did not wish to be named, said.
Dhalbhum SDO Prem Ranjan said they would not allow any campus chaos.
“Adequate forces have been deployed to ensure safety and security of the educational institutions,” Ranjan added.
What raised tempers to a pitch was that the management of the XLRI had overnight constructed the boundary wall.
The seven-feet-high boundary wall was raised between Saturday midnight and Sunday early morning following a go-ahead from the local administration.
The XLRI recently launched a global MBA programme in partnership with two institutions — one in the US and the other in China. From January, its classes will be held on the new campus.
The B-school holds the boundary wall a must to address security concerns while playing host to global students.
However, the wall closes off the short-cut walking route used by Jamshedpur Co-operative College students who can’t afford own vehicles to reach Sakchi and Mango.