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College ‘fire’ fight against govt

After protests failed to move the state government, Magadh Mahila College students on Friday resorted to a havan (fire ritual) to persuade the administration to shift the venue of the proposed convention hall.

On Thursday, the state government lodged an FIR against the students for allegedly violating prohibitory orders, damaging public property and creating a hindrance in official functioning.

Now, Voice of Patna University — an association of present and former students of the varsity, has come up with this unique protest. The protesters said the Nitish sadbuddhi prarthana sabha was organised so that good sense prevails on the state government. The havan was organised in front of Magadh Mahila College and even teachers of the institute joined in.

Allah Ishwar tero naam, Nitish ko sadbuddhi de bhagwaan (Allah and Ishwar all are your names, I pray to God that good sense prevail over Nitish),” the students sang during the havan apart.

Rishikesh Narayan Singh, a former student of Patna College and convener of Voice of Patna University, said: “By making offering to the fire, we are seeking the blessings of the almighty so that he changes chief minister Nitish Kumar’s mind and he changes the decision. We are very hurt by the government stand. We have tried everything — but nothing has worked. So we are seeking god’s blessings. Only he has the power to change the mind of Nitish.”

Kriti Singh (23), a Voice of Patna University member pursuing post-graduate diploma in women and child welfare from Magadh Mahila College, said: “The state government thinks students have resorted to violence. They are being judgmental. The alternative route proposed by the government passes through the Police Lines. Many students, who live in the college hostel, have complained that cops often cross the boundary wall during evening or night and create problems. If the main gate is moved, we would be forced to take that route.”

Shashi Sharma, head of political science department of Magadh Mahila College, said: “The state government is showing an irrational behaviour towards students. How can they lodge an FIR citing damage of public property when students didn’t damage anything? I am taking part in this havan because I believe the officials have lost their mind.”

Noted physician Diwakar Tejaswi, said: “The government can’t implement its decision forcefully. If the students of the college have some problem, the officials should sit and talk to them and solve the issue.”

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