HPU expels two SFI activists; SCA president arrested


By: Ravinder Vasudeva

Shimla: Finally acting sharply on the alleged violence and misbehavior created by activist of SFI-led Student Central Association (SCA) on the day of “Puran Shiksha Bandh” on April 30, the Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) on Saturday expelled two students affiliated to SFI and put four others on conduct probation. This decision has come in wake of the rising incidence of violence, manhandling and misconduct with teachers by students in the campus.

The two students – former SCA president Naresh Sarwal from MCA and former campus secretary of the SFI in HPU Munish Kumar of MTech – were already put on conduct probation owing to the incidence of misbehavior with officials of the varsity about one month ago.

Vice-chancellor Sunil Kumar Gupta said, “All the demands of the SCA have been fulfilled, but the agitating students were hanging on to their demand of revoking the conduct probation on their activists, which was not acceptable to us as these students have been continuously involved in manhandling some teachers on various occasions”. He maintained that the first priority of the administration was to maintain good educational atmosphere in the campus.

In another significant move, the police arrested SCA president Shikha Chauhan and five others under sections 353, 147, 188, 506 of the Indian Penal Code. The other five boys arrested are Surender Verma, Mahender Rana, Naresh, Jasbir Singh and Munish Sharma.

SCA president Shikha Chauhan said, “It is a betrayal by university authorities as on the pretext of negations they got us arrested. So there is no question of stepping back”.

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