| The arrested students in Patna on Tuesday. Picture by Ranjeet Kumar Dey |
The principal in-charge of Patna College, K.N. Paswan, was allegedly chased and assaulted by some boarders of Iqbal hostel on Tuesday.
The college administration has lodged an FIR against four boarders allegedly involved in the incident. In retaliation, students of various hostels staged a demonstration outside the Patna University vice-chancellor (VC) Y.C. Simhadri’s office in the evening demanding that the FIR be withdrawn.
This is not for the first time that Paswan, also the dean (students’ welfare), has been beaten up. On November 20 last year, some students of a self-financing course assaulted him. The youths had been staging a hunger strike on the administrative campus.
On Saturday, Patna College senior teacher Jayanti Sircar had to face a difficult situation while trying to stop students from indulging in unfair means in examination.
Tuesday’s incident has once again exposed the university and college administration’s claims of disciplining its students. According to Paswan, the incident occurred around 10.30am when he visited Iqbal hostel based on plea of a middle-aged man who claimed to have been thrashed by some boarders.
According to sources, the man, after being beaten up by the boarders approached Paswan. The principal in-charge, along with two constables deputed on the college campus, arrived at the hostel. The boarders, on seeing Paswan and the police personnel lost their cool and started abusing them. Soon, a large number of boarders gathered there and chased the principal. The boarders assaulted the principal in the middle of the ground, with college students and employees being mute spectators.
Paswan said: “For a few minutes, I was clueless as to what was happening as the boarders ran after me without any reason.” Later, based on information provided by the college administration, the Pirbahore police station personnel raided the hostel but by then, the boarders had vacated their rooms sensing trouble.
Raids were also conducted on the neighbouring Nadvi hostel. The teachers, officials and students of PU have strongly condemned the incident. PU pro-VC Ranjit Kumar Verma said: “The incident is shocking. The college and university administration should take strong action in controlling such incidents.”
PU student Dhiraj Singh Yadav said: “It is time the university initiates steps to check such unruly incidents,” adding: “In the past few months, the academic atmosphere has deteriorated with the universi ty just being a degree/certificate distributing unit.”