PU teachers go on strike to protest attack on VC


Patna,(BiharTimes): Teachers of Patna University on Monday went on one day token strike in protest against the assault on Vice Chancellor, Shambhu Nath Singh, and to press their demand for the arrest of those who were involved in it.

It remained a mystery as to why no arrest has yet been made when the VC was manhandled on Saturday afternoon in full presence of police.

As an All India Students’ Federation (AISF) member was on fast nearby the outfit was blamed for the assault on VC though the outfit repeatedly denied the allegations. The police remained a mute spectator when the VC was roughed up. Only his security guard came to the rescue as he whipped out a pistol.

One of the professors, while talking to BiharTimes, said that “it is true that the incident took place in the presence of police and near the place where the AISF members were on fast, yet it can not be denied that there are a number of enemies of vice chancellor.”

What is intriguing is that the attack on the VC, not first of its kind, took place on the day the Chancellor-cum-Governor, Debanand Konwar, was replaced.

It was Konwar, who not only appointed PU and other VCs, but even re-appointed them after the Patna High Court quashed their appointments.

Meanwhile, AISF state secretariat member Sushil Kumar said that when the incident took place, PUSU general secretary Anshu Kumari and PUSU vice-president Anshumaan Singh––both of AISF––were attending the PUSU meeting at Darbhanga House, yet they have been named in the FIR. He sees a hidden plan to defame his outfit. In all FIR was lodged against eight AISF activists.

In a statement PUTA general secretary S B Lal said attacks on teachers and varsity officials have increased over the past few months. It is an issue of serious concern for the government.

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