Khalsa College: Panel to probe suicide, stir goes on

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Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina, honorary secretary, Khalsa College Governing Council, urges students to end their demonstration at the college in Amritsar on Friday

Management cautions students about rumours on social media, calls for peace

Students of Khalsa College today continued with their protest against the Khalsa College Governing Council (KCGC), seeking justice for Harpreet Singh, who committed suicide on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the management has constituted a team to probe the entire episode.Harpreet, a BSc student, took the extreme step in his hostel room after he was debarred from appearing in a practical examination. Since then, students are protesting at the entrance gate of the college. They raised slogans against the KCGC and demanded swift action by the police.Meanwhile, the protesters are leaderless as they don’t name anyone who is spearheading the demonstration.Meanwhile, a delegation of the KCGC, led by its honorary secretary Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina tried placating the students. He urged them to maintain tranquilly on the campus. He also condemned the role of certain “outsiders” who were trying to disturb peace and academic atmosphere. He said he held a meeting of the office-bearers of the KCGC today and constituted a four-member fact-finding committee which would look into every aspect of the tragic incident.The committee will talk to the affected family, staff members, students and probe the circumstances that triggered suicide, said Chhina. He said the panel would be headed by KCGC joint secretary, finance, Gunbir Singh, and members would be Jaspal Singh, Principal of Law College, RK Dhawan, Principal of Pharmacy and Amarpal Singh, Principal of Engineering College. “The students whose lectures are short have been detained as per the norms. Harpreet’s name was amongst the 164 students who were detained”, he said.He cautioned the students about the “rumours” being spread on the social media regarding misbehaviour with some girl students and water and electricity cut in hostels which is not true.The staff members have already termed the registration of the case against the Principal and other office-bearers as illegal, stating that the college strictly follows the university rules regarding the detention of students. They said students had attended only 19 lectures out of 121, which is only 15 per cent. These lectures were verified and the students had also cross checked them.They said, “Hence the action taken against the Principal and other concerned authorities is unjust and against law. If people are harassed for performing their duty, implementation of norms will become impossible.”It may be recalled that after the suicide, the police had booked Principal Mehal Singh, Registrar Devender Singh and HoD Randeep Kaur Bal.

What the issue is

  • BSc student Harpreet commits suicide after being debarred from appearing in an exam
  • Students begin a massive protest, raise slogans against the college, seeking justice for the deceased
  • Police book Principal, Registrar and an HoD
  • College faculty terms the police case ‘illegal’ as Harpreet was detained as per the norms

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