ALLEGING harassment and hooliganism, girl students of three degree colleges in Aligarh on Friday demanded action against three leaders of SP’s student wing, Samajwadi Chhatra Sabha.
They claimed to have sent over 3,000 postcards to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in this regard.
The three leaders are students of Dharma Samaj Degree College in Aligarh.
On September 1, the college had suspended the three for a month for allegedly obstructing classes by damaging furniture, after reportedly leading a mob of around 50 outsiders to the campus.
Some students, meanwhile, have also alleged that the three leaders have been misbehaving with the teachers and girls studying in the college.
While college Principal Dr Anjana Bansal said she had sent a report about the ransacking incident to the district magistrate on Friday, but denied having lodged a complaint with the police.
Taking cognisance of the report, Aligarh District Magistrate Rajmani Yadav visited the campus on Friday.
“The situation is normal. The college, in its report sent to us today, has said there was no eve-teasing on the campus on September 1,” he said, adding that action would be taken if it files a complaint with the district administration.
A law student at Dharam Samaj Degree College, Tanu Saini, however, said: “We have been living in fear since the September 1 incident. Due to eve-teasing, some girls have even stopped coming to the college. We want legal action against the three students.”
“Students from other colleges such as Tika Ram Kanya Mahavidyalaya and Shri Varshney College have also joined us in the protest. So far, we have sent around 3,000 postcards to the chief minister requesting action against the Chhatra Sabha leaders,” said Sadhna Srivastava, another law student.
The college principal, however, claimed no girl students of her college have taken part in the protest and sent postcards to the CM. “The girls who are protesting are from other colleges. I have suspended three students on the basis of a probe report submitted by a six-member committee set up to probe into the September 1 incident,” she said.
“A mob, including around 50 outsiders, led by the three students had barged into classrooms, damaged furniture and stopped classes. The situation was brought under control after the proctor and his team reached there. We also have CCTV footage of the incident,” she added.
The three Chhatra Sabha leaders — state secretary Zia-ur-Rehman, district president Ranjeet Choudhury and city chief Mumtazim Kidwai — meanwhile, denied all charges.
While Rehman and Kidwai are final-year graduate students, Choudhury is a second-year law student.
They alleged that a few girl students have been misguided by students associated with RSS student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).
“We, along with other students, had entered classrooms as we wanted to shut down the campus in protest of ABVP members attacking our city unit president, Mumtazim Kidwai, on August 31. The attack was a sequel to an FIR that Kidwai had got lodged against one Sanjay Bajaj two months ago for making objectionable comments on Prophet Mohammed on social media. Sanjay was later arrested,” said Zia-ur-Rehman.
He added: “On September 1, we held a peaceful protest and asked students to leave the classrooms. No one misbeahved with any girl. ABVP members are misguiding a few girl students.”
When contacted, Gandhi Park police Station Officer B R Dixit said: “Student leader Sanjay Bajaj, ABVP district convernor Dheeraj Chowdhary and others had allegedly assaulted Kidwai. An FIR was lodged against Bajaj, Dheeraj and some unidentified persons. Dheeraj was arrested today.”