Panel formed to probe into detention of student
A three member panel has been formed to probe into the alleged detention of a student by two professors and two security officials of the Pondicherry central university and forcefully obtaining a statement that he entered the women's hostel at odd hours.
The panel, consisting of Puducherry Superintendent of Police (Vigilance), Tahmizharasi, Retired District Judge, Veeranath Rao and Retired Inspector General of Police, Narasimhan will look the incident and will submit a report to vice-chancellor Prof (Mrs) Chandra Krishnamurthy in a fortnight. One of the student representatives, Sugumar, has been named as observer in the panel.
The students staged the agitation a little away from Vice-Chancellor's office demanding the suspension of dean of college development council Prof S Hariharan and three others, against whom cases were registered by the police on charges of assaulting and detaining a student and wrongly implicating him that he entered the women's hostel at odd hours.
The students wanted to meet the vice-chancellor and raise their demands with her. But they were not allowed to go near the VC's office, following which they squatted inside the building.
Police personnel, led by Superintendent of Police (North) Praveen Kumar Tripathy and inspector, Varadarajan, were present. They tried to pacify the students, who were unrelenting.
However, the VC then closeted with the police officials and later came out and read out the decision to form the panel by staying behind the iron grill at the entrance to her office. The students, after the announcement by the vice-chancellor, dispersed.
(Posted on 17-04-2014)