DTU to DCE ?
Wanted To Meet Sonia Gandhi At AICC Office, 40 Detained
Things turned ugly on Wednesday evening in front of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) office at 24 Akbar Road when police lathicharged agitating students of Delhi Technological University (DTU). Tughlaq Road police detained over 40 students, including DTU students’ union president Ravi Shekhar and finalyear students Pankaj Mishra and Navendu Saxena. Over six students suffered injuries during the police action, including one Ashutosh who received serious injuries. Around 1,000 students had come in buses from the DTU campus on the Bawana Road to meet AICC chief Sonia Gandhi. The students have been demanding DTU be turned back into Delhi College of Engineering (DCE), and the removal of DTU vicechancellor P B Sharma. Final-year student and placement co-ordinator of DTU, Nitin Baraiya, said: ‘‘It is unfortunate that no one has given any heed to our suffering which has carried on for such a long time. We have knocked on every possible door but have been turned away simply because this is an apolitical agitation. We had approached Rahul Gandhi on a few occasions thinking that as a youth leader he would understand our sentiment. But we have not got any positive response so far.’’ Earlier in the day, a group of students met HRD minister Kapil Sibal, who, according to the student delegation, also turned them away saying the DTU impasse is a state government issue. Reacting to the police action, a senior teacher said: ‘‘It is unfortunate that the college administration remains silent on police brutality, while the vice-chancellor’s house is under heavy police protection and barricade.’’ Meanwhile, the DTU administration, in an official statement, said it is inviting parents for a meeting on April 3 in the university auditorium to ‘‘apprise the parents of the students of DTU about the factual position in respect of various issues being raised by the agitating students and clear misgivings, if any.’’ The boycott of the mid-semester exams continued with only 34 students from the first, second, and third years appearing for their exams. Later at night, 200 students gheraoed the V-C’s house, saying they would stay put all night.
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