Puducherry, Apr 15 UNI | 4 months ago

Talks between the students and Vice-Chancellor Chandra Krishnamurthy of Pondicherry Central University failed as she refused to give any assurance on taking any immediate action against Dean of College Development Council Prof S Hariharan and three others, against whom cases were registered by police on charges of assaulting and detaining a student and forcing him to give a statement that he entered the women's hostel at odd hours.

According to sources, the Vice-Chancellor told the students that action would be initiated, if found guilty, only after getting a report from the committee probing the allegations.

The students insisted the immediate suspension of the dean and three others allegedly involved. They also wanted a thorough inquiry into the incident and the report be made known after 48 hours. However, the VC told them that they should wait for the report.

Dissatisfied with the decision of Prof Krishnamurthy they walked out of the auditorium, in which the talks were held.

The students later burnt the effigy of Prof Hariharan to register their protest against the continuance of the official, whose whereabouts were not known.

A signature campaign was on and it would be submitted to the Vice-President and Pondicherry University's Chancellor,

Mohammad Hamid Ansari explaining the issues to him. The memorandum would be faxed to office of the vice-president's office either on Wednesday or Thursday, the sources said.

Meanwhile, CPM Puducherry Unit Secretary V Perumal condemned the torture of the student allegedly committed by two Professors and two security officers after detaining the student for more than 27 hours in a room of the security wing.

In a statement, he said the Vice-Chancellor was acting in an autocratic manner by refusing to suspend the involved persons and probing the incident in a proper manner. He alleged that the VC was trying to protect the persons, against whom police had filed cases.

Prof Hariharan, Prof Bhushan Sudhagar and security officers Shyam Satish and Gunaseakaran were booked under Sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means) and 342 (punishment for wrongful confinement) of the IPC following a complaint from the victim, Tamil Department student S Radhakrishnan.

(Posted on 16-04-2014)