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Violence and teasing blow to academics

Violence marred the academic atmosphere at Patna University (PU) for the second day after students protesting against the assault of Patna Science College teacher Randhir Kumar were stopped and beaten up by police.

Making matters worse was a report of an alleged eve-teasing incident at Patna Science College.

According to sources, on Tuesday morning, a group of students staged a protest march from Patna Law College protesting the assault on the teacher and demanded the immediate arrest of students involved. However, when the protesters reached NIT Mor, they were stopped from proceeding further.

Vidhyanand Vidhata, a PU student, who was a part of the march, said: “When the students reached NIT Mor, they were stopped by the police and beaten up.” Sources said for around half-an-hour, the NIT Mor turned into battlefield as students were chased and beaten up by the police. PU students Lavkush Yadav and Vinit Yadav suffered injuries on their head and were later admitted to Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH).

Vidhata added: “We were leading the protest against the assault on the college teacher. It was a peaceful demonstration but the cops beat us up without any reason.”

On Monday, Randhir was beaten up by law college students at Patna Science College who were protesting against measures taken by the varsity administration to stop the use of unfair means during examinations. The law examination at PU’s three colleges — BN College, Patna College and Patna Science College — was cancelled after the students resorted to violence.

Tension also prevailed on the PU campus after report of eve-teasing at Patna Science College. The principal of the college, U.K. Sinha, said: “I have heard that some bio-technology students were eve-teased but till now no one has approached the college complaining about the incident.”

Sinha said if the girl students had made a written complaint about the incident, the college administration would have registered an FIR against the guilty students.

The colleges have requested for adequate security arrangements from the district administration for future examinations. PU pro-vice-chancellor R.K. Verma said: “We have demanded adequate security arrangements from the district administration as the university would not allow students to indulge in unfair means in examinations.”

A large number of police personnel would be deployed at all exam centres and students entering the examination hall would be frisked. The next law examination is scheduled on May 9. Monday’s incident is the second one in the past 10 days, where students have assaulted a teacher.