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Updated: April 28, 2012 11:25 IST

Allahabad varsity closed as VC is held hostage and students go on rampage

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A bus set on fire by angry University students in Allahabad on Thursday. The Allahabad University was closed till Monday.
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A bus set on fire by angry University students in Allahabad on Thursday. The Allahabad University was closed till Monday.

Allahabad University has been closed till Monday after large-scale student violence and arson erupted on Thursday, leaving over two dozen persons injured, besides huge loss of public and private property. Conceding students' demand, the administration on Friday allowed them to stay in hostels until after the summer vacation is over.

Uttar Pradesh Inspector-General (Law and Order) Badri Prasad Singh told journalists here that patrolling by police, Provincial Armed Constabulary and Rapid Action Force personnel was intensified on the campus and in the adjoining areas following Thursday night's violence. A first information report was lodged against about 500 unnamed students, but no arrests were made, Mr. Singh said, adding the situation was under control.

The violence was the fallout of a faceoff over Vice-Chancellor A.K. Singh's circular asking students to vacate hostels at the end of the 2011-12 academic session. The students protested against the move and the situation turned volatile when the police used force to disperse a dharna by 1,000 of them, including girls, at the university guest house, where the Vice-Chancellor had been held hostage for about 30 hours since Wednesday. His office is situated in the guest house.

It was at around 7.30 p.m. on Thursday that the students went on the rampage and resorted to heavy stone throwing on the police force, after the Vice-Chancellor was rescued and whisked away in a car. They torched the guest house, four vehicles belonging to teachers, a roadways corporation bus and the official car of the Additional District Magistrate. The police resorted to lathi charge and burst teargas shells to disperse the students. The mayhem continued till late in the night.

Tension had been brewing on the campus for the past one week. The students demanded that they be allowed to stay in the hostels as many of them were preparing for competitive examinations. The university authorities, however, refused to back off. The decision was reversed only on Friday.

Many final year students have their competitive exams in coming
months, if they want to stay in hostels and want to prepare for that,
they must be allowed and can be charged for this. If this is done,
many students will go their home or will search other option to stay.
In Allahabad University's hostels, there are lots of illegal students who have been living for many years, they must be expelled. University administration should always take decisions in favor of students of alld univ and should take some strict action against illegal students so that university could achieve its glorious time again.

from:  Aashit Jaiswal
Posted on: Apr 28, 2012 at 23:27 IST

The police and administration could not intervene due to possible
involvement of student leaders sympathetic to ruling party. The
situation is clearly worsening in colleges since this government has re-
introduced student union elections.

from:  sanjay
Posted on: Apr 28, 2012 at 09:20 IST

The hostels are meant for the students' stay for the pursuit of university courses, and not to facilitate their preparation for competitive examinations.This said, they should have been given adequate notice to vacate the hostels as per the university's policy.

from:  lakshman
Posted on: Apr 28, 2012 at 08:21 IST

The report is more of a confusion than substance.Proper study should
have been made into circumstances leading to this pass.Also there is no
mention of the practice in past years.Such reporting puts neither the
AU AUTHORITIES nor students in proper unbiased light.It is hoped a
fuller and mature reporting would answer many questions

from:  raghavan
Posted on: Apr 28, 2012 at 03:04 IST

Send the students the bill for the damages. Make their parents pay the bill. No other
university must be allowed to accept these hooligans. Arrest the ring leaders and sentence them to life imprisonment. Close down the university. The first lesson any one must learnt is violence is criminal and will never be tolerated. India does not need these 1000 hooligans.

from:  Singh
Posted on: Apr 28, 2012 at 02:31 IST

When goodies are handed out in a silver platter the recipients do not realize the value of the free goodies.In United States very many students work for menial wages long hours to pay for their boarding,lodging,books and other stationaries. In India students do not know what hard work is. They want to sit in Ivory Towers and then preach to the rest of the world socalled liberalistic policies.How many of these students who are indulging in violent confrontation have worked for a wage even for a day ? At this rate Indian situation is going to be a repeat of the fall of Rome.

from:  T.S.Krishnaswamy
Posted on: Apr 28, 2012 at 01:33 IST

I want to put some points on this matter:
1.It is the responsibility of the University to keep a record of Students whether they have paid the hostel fee proper i.e. he is legal or illegal. AU is blindly evacuating all the students irrespective of records.
2. AU is Central University and has students from every nook and cornes of the country. In this short period of notice how can they search new rooms, P.G. or private hostel just imagine the security issues of girls in that case.
3. Competitive exams are roaring around in coming months, and there is provision of summer fees in University. What could be the effect of such situation on student's preparation.
4. AU Officials are talking about filing FIR and taking administrative steps against students. Had they visited the students who were beaten abruptly till unconsciousness.
5. This misery is about 2 week old but during high level involvement media didn't raise this and now news are having statements of officials only not of the students.

from:  Rajan Singh
Posted on: Apr 27, 2012 at 15:41 IST

Well the truth can't be any clear . These students have over stayed and
some of them treat hostels as their alternate home . They have illegally
staying while preparing but that is not what Uni hostel are meant for
.. They are for actively enrolled student. Hindu Hostel ,Holland hall
are infamous for them
Once famous for contributing to India Judiciary and Politics have become
Adda for lazy

from:  vivek
Posted on: Apr 27, 2012 at 15:15 IST

I dont know how politicians are responsible. Students themselves are responsible. Indian kids and students are not disciplined.

from:  Surya
Posted on: Apr 27, 2012 at 15:11 IST

The authorities should have conducted a raid , preferably during wee
hours, to identify and expel the unauthorized occupants. This would have
prevented the violence and sufferings of innocent students.

from:  Tathagata Ray
Posted on: Apr 27, 2012 at 15:10 IST

Parents work hard , earn money and send their sons and daughters to university - TO STUDY, not to AGGITATE. The students should understand that they are wasting their parents' money. They are dissapointing their parents. They are also fooling themselves by not learning the lessons, but indulging in aggitations and strikes. who is responsible for this. IT IS OUR POLITICIANS who are responsible. OUR POLITICIANS our GREATEST ENEMY, not PAIKISTANIS OR OTHERS FROM OURSIDE. We have our enemies in our POLITICIANS.

from:  Jay
Posted on: Apr 27, 2012 at 13:08 IST
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