“For criminal negligence in the disposal of gamma radiator equipment”
Delhi University Teachers' Association members held a protest march here on Thursday and asked Delhi Police Commissioner Y.S. Dadwal to arrest DU Vice-Chancellor Prof. Deepak Pental for “criminal negligence in the disposal of gamma radiator equipment which killed one person and caused severe injuries to others”.
The DUTA said in a statement that over two months had passed since it was established that the source of the radiation was traced to DU Department of Chemistry. Alleging that no action had been taken against the guilty, DUTA claimed that there were attempts to hush up the matter.
Dissatisfaction was also expressed with the delay in the release of the findings of the committee constituted by the V-C to probe the matter. DUTA also alleged that Prof. Pental had “tried to cover up his tracks.”
“…news of death and illness…due to exposure to radiation emanating from Cobalt-60 occupied headlines in the media for over a month,” the statement said, accusing Prof. Pental of not coming forward to disclose the facts of the sale.
Mr. Y.S. Dadwal is believed to have told the DUTA that enquiry in the matter would be expedited and appropriate action would be taken.
Responding to the DUTA protest, Prof. Pental said: “This is a free country and people are free to express their views. However these are intimidating tactics and totally uncalled for.”
‘Report in a month'
Asked when the committee would release its findings, the DU V-C said: “We have informed the AERB that the committee needs some more time. The report will be released within this month.”
Dismissing accusations of links to members of the committee as “blatant lies”, Prof. Pental added: “Tactics of duress are being carried out in the university for the past four or five months. This is not going to help the cause of the teachers.”