Thousands of students of D G Ruparel College on Wednesday created a ruckus in the campus after they were not allowed to enter the college’s annual function owing to space constraints. Following this, activists of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena barged into the campus, threatened the college’s principal and got the function stopped midway.
The management of the renowned D G Ruparel College in Mahim had organised their annual function on Wednesday. However, unlike every year where the management organises the function by putting up a pandal, this year they organised it in the college’s auditorium which has a crowd capacity of 600.
Upset that they did not get to attend the function due to space constraints, students started creating a ruckus on campus. Some students even entered the auditorium forcibly due to which the hall got overcrowded. “The students and officials in-charge of security at the function asked us to leave. We too wanted to attend the function. And we have all the right to do so being students of the college,” said a final year student.
While angry students refused to leave the campus, some of them informed the activists of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS). The MNS activists then barged into the campus and threatened Principal Tushar Desai and management officials of dire consequences if the students were not allowed to attend the function. The principal then had to stop the function midway.
“It is shocking that to save money the college organised the function in the auditorium which cannot accommodate even half its student strength. The pandal venue could easily accommodate over 2,000 students. Compared to that, the auditorium was a very small venue and college should have thought about it. We told the principal to cancel the event and postpone it,” said Santosh Gangurde of the Maharashtra Navnirman Vidyarthi Sena (MNS students wing). Following this, Principal Tushar Desai requested the crowd to stay calm and assured them that the event had been postponed to another day.
“Due to some technical reasons, we are stopping the programme here. I know there was an overwhelming response. Hence will stop this programme and we will have it in the first week of January. And we will ensure that all students would be able to attend the programme then. We might change the venue as the capacity of this hall is very less. We had organised the function in this hall as we did not expect to get such an overwhelming response,” Desai said to the students. When contacted, Desai said, “We have changed the venue to open air pandal now and the event will now be held on January 9.” Academicians and teachers of the college, however, criticised the intervention of MNS activists citing it was an internal issue of the college and that they had intervened only to gain political mileage.