Lucknow: Lucknow University was on Wednesday closed and admission process suspended till further orders after a group of students protesting over admission to the new academic session attacked teachers, Vice-Chancellor SP Singh said.
"Over a dozen teachers were injured in the incident. I might have also been attacked by them but my colleagues saved me and I reached my office", Vice-Chancellor SP Singh told reporters.
The Vice-Chancellor said he was leaving his office to address a function around 11.30 am when one of the assailants, Akash Saxena Lala, lay down in front of his car. When he alighted from the vehicle, a few others – including Vinay Yadav and one Himanshu – surrounded him and began raising slogans. They allegedly threatened him with dire consequences unless he readmitted them to the institution.
"The University has been closed sine die and the counselling going on for the admissions has also been stopped. We are going to lodge an FIR in this connection against those whom we identify," the VC said.
When asked when the university planned to reopen, the VC said, "It has been closed till further orders."
Among the teachers injured are proctor Vinod Singh and chief provost Sangita Rani, university officials said. Some university guards were also hurt, according to PTI.
A group of over 20 ex-students had been protesting on the campus since Monday, alleging that they were denied admission to the postgraduate courses because they had taken part in an agitation against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
They had allegedly obstructed Adityanath's convoy and waved black flags at it in June last year, opposing his visit to the campus. The police had then arrested 11 students.
Most of the students who took part in the protests against Adityanath last year were members of the left-wing All India Students' Association (AISA) and the Samajwadi Party's student wing Chhatra Sabha.
The Lucknow University Teachers Association (LUTA) has called a meeting tomorrow to discuss their next course of action.
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