Students alleged the professor demoralised a handicapped student into quitting

The Allahabad University on Wednesday suspended two students for assaulting a professor over the charge that he harassed a physically-challenged student into quitting his course.

Mohammad Mosaddik and Sirazuddin, students of the M.A. Prev. Arabic course, were suspended and barred from entering the university campus.

A group of students on Friday attacked Professor R.R. Tiwari, head of the J.K. Institute of Applied Sciences, for allegedly “discouraging and demoralising” a physically-challenged student.

The students also resorted to vandalism and attacked another professor. A case was registered against more than 50 students under various Sections of the Indian Penal Code including 307 (attempt to murder), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 147 and 148 (pertaining to rioting) as well as Section 7 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act.

Teachers of the varsity have boycotted classes and the Allahabad University Teachers’ Association has demanded the immed

iate arrest of the accused. The varsity says the student was given assurances of the help he had requested from the faculty.

Aftab Manzar, who was born without hands, had withdrawn his admission from the B. Tech course alleging that his HoD Mr. Tiwari “demoralised” him with his apathetic attitude over several months.

Manzar said he was denied help in his practical exams despite having requested the administration several times before he left to return to Bihar. Dismissing the claim that the student was harassed by the Prof Tiwari, AU spokesperson P.K. Sahoo said Manzar had left the institute of his own accord: “He wrote two letters mentioning the difficulties he encountered in the course. All assurances were given to him.” Mr. Sahoo said a “special provision” had been made for Manzar to take the examination separately even though he had not even filled the exam form. Meanwhile, students and local leaders took out a candle-light march demanding that Aftab be called back to the institute. “We demand that he be brought back and all his requirements be fulfilled so that he can engage in his course,” said Raghunandan Yadav, a student leader.

Talks between the administration and the parents of the student are on. Another section of students is demanding the immediate restoration of classes.

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