Seven students of MS University,four of them girls and the rest three boys,were on Thursday suspended by university authorities for creating a ruckus at the office of the chief warden of HM Hall hostel and allegedly resorting to violence and damaging university property.
All seven were detained by police but girl students were later freed with a warning,university officials said.
More than a hundred university students gathered around Sayajigunj police station to protest detention of students.
We have suspended four girls and three boys and will carry out inquiry to decide further course of action. To my knowledge,this is the first time such an action has been taken by the university against girl students, Amit Dholakia,director of communication cell at the MSU,said.
Earlier in the day,around 50 girl students of the university stormed the office of HM Halls chief warden after he allegedly refused to entertain their complaint of lack of proper facilities at the hostel.
The girls alleged they were forced to live in pitiable conditions at the hostel with four to five girls being asked to share a room.
Students alleged some girls were even asked to live in the common room because of the renovation work going on at the hostel. The renovation work has been going on for the last seven months and is yet to be over. Meanwhile,the girls are being forced to live in poor condition,with university officials not ready to listen to their grievances, said Dhruvdevsinh Gohil of the ABVP,who is the general secretary of the students union at the university.
University officials said though the four girls has been suspended,the police complaints against them were withdrawn.
The boys,however,continued to be detained. They resorted to violence and damaged university property at the chief wardens office, Dholakia said.
Chief Warden Dinesh Kanchan could not be reached for his response.
Later in the day,several students later gathered outside the vice-chancellors house to protest the action taken against the students.
V-C Yogesh Singh said students should not have taken law and order into their own hands.
Meanwhile,All India Democratic Student Organisation (AIDSO) demanded suspension of the chief warden. The university does not have a proper grievance redressal forum,which is a must, state president of AIDSO Mukesh Samwal said.