KERALA

Fatima Mata college Principal gheraoed

Staff Reporter

Following dispute over mode of conducting campus elections

KOLLAM: Activists of the Students Federation of India (SFI) and the All India Students' Federation (AISF) of Fatima Mata National College gheraoed college Principal Soosamma Kavumpurath for almost two hours on Wednesday afternoon following a dispute over the mode of conducting the campus elections.

The Principal was locked in her office room. Vice-Principal Johnson was also held in the room.

The dispute began with the college management insisting on conducting the elections under the parliamentary model. The SFI and AISF activists wanted it to be conducted under the presidential model. Their demand was refused by the management. The student leaders said when the Principal failed to distribute the nomination papers under the presidential model, they went to her office for talks. The gherao was resorted to when the talks failed.

Tension erupted inside the campus following the gherao. A huge police posse was also present inside the campus. The gherao which began at 2 p.m. was withdrawn a little before 5 p.m. when the management intervened and conveyed to the student leaders that an ad hoc meeting would be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday and an appropriate decision taken.

Rev. Sr. Kavumpurath told The Hindu that the decision to hold elections under the parliamentary model was taken on the basis of a High Court order under a Supreme Court directive.

As per the court order, individual college managements are at liberty to choose either the parliamentary or the presidential form of election. "The management of our college chose the former." She said she had conveyed to the management the demand raised by the SFI and the AISF.

The Principal alleged that outsiders entered the campus and sparked off the trouble. Some of them even threatened women teachers with dire consequences. She said the issue could have been amicably settled had outsiders not entered the campus.

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