NSU meet sees dispute, vandalism

Nepalgunj, July 13:

The closed-door session of the Nepal Students’ Union (NSU) affiliated to the Nepali Congress-Democratic started again amid tight security despite dispute and vandalism today.

The session was disrupted at 11 am after a dispute arose over drafting of the union’s statute. The session resumed at 8 pm. Armed and civil police have been deployed at the site where the meeting is taking place.

A list of the representatives who would attend the session was put up at 5 pm.

However, some students, saying that their names were not included on the list, resorted to vandalism and sloganeering against the union leadership and central committee.

They vandalised the contact office, chairs and tents at the venue and also torched documents in the contact office.

The dispute turned acrimonious after coordinator of the Statute Drafting Committee Nripa Bista presented the draft this morning. A 55-member central committee was proposed in the statute. However, some students insisted on keeping the number at 35 as agreed upon earlier, former central member Rajesh Gyawali said.

“Infiltrators and anarchists are trying to disrupt the convention,” former NSU chairperson Kishor Singh Rathore said. A youth was caught and handed over to the police on the charge of infiltration.

Irate students tore up the election schedule put out by the election commission today.