Law University Patiala students protested after suspension of six hostelers
KS Diwan/ royalpatiala.in/ Patiala
Law students of Rajiv Gandhi University of Law were forced to break the law, to take the path of protest for raising their voice against the suspension of their six batch mates on Friday. The boys were suspended for raising their voice over the quality of mess food being served in the university.
The situation take an ugly turn when six students , despite the fact that they were students from other states ,were ordered to vacate their hostel premises by an order of the Administrative Officer of the University, on charge of having “indulged in indiscipline and hooliganism” in the boys’ hostel.
“We had protested against the authorities and demanded that we should be given hygienic food but university authorities suspended six students. Following this we staged a protest in front of Guest House of the university and demanded to revoke the suspension. The whole night we shutdown on a protest on the mattress we bought from our hostel rooms ” said protesting students.
A committee comprising the Administrative Officer and other hostel authorities/faculty had been constituted shortly after this protest.
The University called in the police personnel to the campus. The Police officers were also seen carrying heavy ammunition into the campus.
The suspension order has been faulted for having been passed without any formal hearing and in the absence of University Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Paramjit Jaswal. Instead, the order has only been signed off by the “Administrative Officer”.
Today morning, the students were also told that the suspension orders could be stalled, on the condition that the student agitation is called off. This, despite the students assuring the University authorities that the protests will remain peaceful, if university gave a written assurance to call off the protests.
In a bid to resolve the mounting protests, RGNUL Chancellor and Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Justice Krishna Murari was expected to meet the students. But it is learnt that Justice Mahesh Grover, a member of RGNUL’s General Council and one of the senior-most judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court arrived in the evening to address the issues being protested by the students.
The students were also told that the mid-semester exams would proceed as scheduled on Monday if the agitation is not called off. But if the student protests were called off, the authorities indicated that they would postpone the exams for the students.