Hindu College row: Teachers file complaint with DU after alleged assault

Two teachers,who were allegedly beaten by their colleagues at Delhi University’s Hindu College on Tuesday,have filed complaints with the Delhi University administration urging them to take action in the matter

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: August 29, 2013 1:16 am

Two teachers,who were allegedly beaten by their colleagues at Delhi University’s Hindu College on Tuesday,have filed complaints with the Delhi University administration urging them to take action in the matter. An FIR is yet to be registered in the issue.

Following a meeting of the college staff association,Rameshwar Rai,who teaches Hindi at Hindu College,and Shankar Kumar,a history teacher,were allegedly beaten up by their colleagues on Tuesday.

“In the meting,I asked if there was any constitution on the basis of which the staff association was meeting. I was told by the president of the college teachers’ association that there was no constitution. I then asked him if the meeting was legal. The president said it was not. After this,at least 20 teachers walked out of the meeting,” Rai said,explaining the series of incidents which led to the alleged attack.

“A teacher from the college’s English department attacked my colleague,Shankar Kumar,from behind. Meanwhile,when another teacher from the physical education department tried to attack him from the front,I stood in between them and got hit on my face. The blow was so hard that I sustained a few cuts on my face,” he said.

Rai said an FIR is yet to be registered in the matter. “We informed the police about the attack. The police then took us to the hospital for a medical examination. We also wrote a complaint to the Hindu College principal and,later,to the Dean of Colleges on the issue. We were assured that action will be taken in the issue,”Rai said.

The Hindu College principal and the Dean of Colleges could not be reached for comments.

DCP (North) Sindhu Pillai said,“So far,no FIR has not been registered. We got a call about the incident and the two injured teachers were rushed to Hindu Rao Hospital.”

Expressing concern over the incident,Rai said,“It is not about physical injury. What is unfortunate is that in a college like Hindu you create an atmosphere where you do not get the freedom to voice your apprehensions. The use of muscle power is encouraged instead of engaging in a debate.”

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