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Gorakhpur: University expels 18 ABVP members for July 21 violence

July 31, 2023

July 30, Cracking the whip after its Vice Chancellor and other officials were manhandled by protesting students, the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gorakhpur University has expelled 18 students and banned six outsiders from entering the campus.

All those who faced action are members of the RSS’ student wing Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and were part of the protest against fee-hike and other issues that turned violent on July 21.

The university’s chief proctor Satyapal Singh on Sunday said that the decision was taken a day earlier following reports of the Dean of Students Welfare and a judicial inquiry that had been set up to look into the incident.

“The expelled students won’t be able to give examinations and also they won’t get entry in the campus and the hostels of the varsity,” he said on Sunday.

On July 21, as the students protested on issues like fee-hike, irregular examination schedule, problems faced by research scholars and hostel allotment, Vice Chancellor Rajesh Singh and other officials came out of their office and tried to speak to the students.

But the situation took an ugly turn with some students allegedly attacking the VC and the other officials and vandalising his office. A video clip of the incident was also shared on social media.

Saurabh Gaur, ABVP’s Goraksh Prant secretary, condemned the university’s action, alleging it was an attempt to snatch the right to education from the students and is not justified at all.

The problems of students cannot be resolved with the expulsion of the members of ABVP, he said, adding the protest against fee-hike and the action against students will continue.

Gorakhpur police on July 22 lodged an FIR against 22 people in connection with the incident.

It arrested eight accused for damaging public property at the VC office and beating DDU Gorakhpur University VC and teachers on July 21.

The FIR was lodged on the written complaint of the proctor of the varsity Satyapal Singh. The arrested accused have secured bail.

Source: PTI

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