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Citing Poll Code, Wardha Varsity expels six students for holding protest, writing Letter to PM Modi

Prime News, Nation, (New Delhi), October 12:-Six students of central university in Maharashtra’s Wardha were expelled for staging a protest and writing a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over various issues, including rising incidents of mob lynching and rape cases involving political leaders.

The students of Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya (MGAHV) were expelled for “violating the 2019 assembly code of conduct and interfering in the judicial process” by organising a dharna, according to an order issued by Acting Registrar Rajeshwar Singh on October 9.

Those expelled included Chandan Saroj (M Phil, Social Work), Neeraj Kumar (PhD, Gandhi and Peace Studies), Rajesh Sarthi, Rajneesh Ambedkar (Women’s Studies Department), Pankaj Vela (M Phil, Gandhi and Peace Studies), and, Vaibhav Pimpalkar (Diploma, Women’s Studies Department).

Reacting to the expulsion, left-wing student organisation AISA called for reversal of the university order, saying “freedom of expression of the students cannot be curtailed”. It demanded action in rape cases in which BJP’s Kuldeep Singh Sengar and Chinmayanand have been accused and raised the issues of Kashmir, mob lynching of Tabrez Ansari in Jharkhand, the attack on Dalits in Bhima Koregaon and the demolition of a Ravidas temple in Delhi.

Explaining the step taken by the university, acting Vice-Chancellor Krishna Kumar Singh said, “Action was taken in view of the prohibition in force against protests in groups during the period of model code of conduct for the Maharashtra assembly election. Our letter is very clear on the matter.”

The students have alleged that they had been denied permission to write the letter but there was no mention of the code of conduct.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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