Police intervention spurs college lock-up

Kathmandu, August 9:

The Free Students’ Union (FSU) of the Shankar Dev Campus, Putalisadak, today locked out the college to protest police intervention in its regular meeting. The students also padlocked the campus chief’s office for an indefinite period as a protest against his move to invite the police inside the college premises. The students were holding the pre-scheduled meeting at 9

am in the open after the administration denied them entry into the FSU office. The police intervened in the meeting and manhandled FSU president Dek Raj Bhattarai. The students then clashed with the police for about half-an-hour from 10 am and chanted slogans against the campus administration and monarchy. The irate students also burnt the principal’s chair.

They locked out the campus after internal examinations of the BBA students were over. FSU secretary Prakash Maharajan said they would not tolerate the presence of the security personnel in the campus. “The campus chief’s office will be padlocked unless he apologises,” he said. Maharjan added: “We will organise protest programmes from tomorrow morning against the police intervention in our programme.” He also alleged that the campus chief had shown autocratic nature by preventing students from holding the pre-scheduled FSU meeting and calling the police on the venue.