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College students demand removal of principal

By Staff correspondent

DIBRUGARH, Aug 11 - The students of Lahowal College, located about 13 km from here, along with members of several local youth organisations, today staged a road blockade on the NH 37 near Lahowal Tiniali in support of their demand for the removal of the college principal, Jyoti Prasad Dutta.

The police had picked up 11 students of the college yesterday on the basis of a complaint filed by the principal over the alleged circulation of �false propaganda� against the principal about financial irregularities college on the social media. The students maintained that they were only discussing the alleged financial scam on WhatsApp, but the principal misbehaved with them and even threatened them.

However, Jyoti Prasad Dutta, principal of the college, said that he had only asked the police to probe the allegations against him. �It was not an FIR. I requested the police to enquire about the alleged recovery of a sum of Rs 5 crore from my house as rumoured,� he said.

However, the officer in-charge of the Lahoal Police Station said that the students were picked up following a complaint by the principal.

Several hundred students, guardians and local public stormed the Lahoal PS after the 11 students, including girls, were picked up last evening. The students were released after the principal withdrew the complaint.

Unsatisfied with the withdrawal, aggrieved students and members of local youth organisations today blocked the NH 37 and the Lahoal-Naharkatia Road, demanding the immediate removal of the principal and the institution of a probe into the alleged financial irregularities in the college.

The students also demanded provincialisation of the college, formation of a college students� union through democratic means, enquiry into the allegations of students� links with extremist groups and public apology by the principal. The protesters retreated after they were assured of a public meeting with the administration.

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College students demand removal of principal

DIBRUGARH, Aug 11 - The students of Lahowal College, located about 13 km from here, along with members of several local youth organisations, today staged a road blockade on the NH 37 near Lahowal Tiniali in support of their demand for the removal of the college principal, Jyoti Prasad Dutta.

The police had picked up 11 students of the college yesterday on the basis of a complaint filed by the principal over the alleged circulation of �false propaganda� against the principal about financial irregularities college on the social media. The students maintained that they were only discussing the alleged financial scam on WhatsApp, but the principal misbehaved with them and even threatened them.

However, Jyoti Prasad Dutta, principal of the college, said that he had only asked the police to probe the allegations against him. �It was not an FIR. I requested the police to enquire about the alleged recovery of a sum of Rs 5 crore from my house as rumoured,� he said.

However, the officer in-charge of the Lahoal Police Station said that the students were picked up following a complaint by the principal.

Several hundred students, guardians and local public stormed the Lahoal PS after the 11 students, including girls, were picked up last evening. The students were released after the principal withdrew the complaint.

Unsatisfied with the withdrawal, aggrieved students and members of local youth organisations today blocked the NH 37 and the Lahoal-Naharkatia Road, demanding the immediate removal of the principal and the institution of a probe into the alleged financial irregularities in the college.

The students also demanded provincialisation of the college, formation of a college students� union through democratic means, enquiry into the allegations of students� links with extremist groups and public apology by the principal. The protesters retreated after they were assured of a public meeting with the administration.

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