Staffers lock out TU offices

Kathmandu, January 2:

The Tribhuvan University Employees’ Association (TUEA) today locked out all TU administration offices to protest yesterday’s police action on varsity staffers who were staging a demonstration.

Bhoj Kumar Basnet, general secretary of the TUEA, threatened to disrupt the ongoing Masters level examination if the government did not meet their demands at the earliest.

The TUEA today organised a half-an-hour chakkajam in front of the Tri-Chandra Multiple Campus in Ghantaghar. The association would organise the chakkajam tomorrow as well.

The TUEA has demanded that the government appoint university officials, including the Vice-Chancellor, at the earliest. The TU staffers’ body has sought the Home Minister’s apology for yesterday’s police action. Forty-five TU employees were injured when police rained lathis on them during the demonstration. The association today demanded that the policemen return their valuables such as gold chains, gold rings and mobile sets which they said were looted by the cops during the scuffle.

He alleged that the police inspector who was on duty yesterday was drunk.

Meanwhile, Purbanchal University Employees’ Association central committee, too, locked out PU administration today expressing solidarity with the TUEA’s protest programmes.

Issuing a press statement, the PUEA demanded that the government cover all medical expenses of those injured in the police action.

Similarly, the All Nepal National Free Students’ Union (ANNFSU) today gheraoed the Parliament for half-an-hour, demanding “an end to chaos in the education sector and appointment of VCs in four major universities”. ANNFSU chairman Thakur Gaire said they would announce more protest programmes tomorrow.