A university in Maharashtra has expelled six students for staging a protest and writing to Prime Minister Narendra Modi against the growing incidents of mob lynchings in India and protection being given to politicians accused of rape. Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya in Maharashtra’s Wardha district said in its order that the six students were being expelled for violating the model code of conduct, which is currently in force in view of the 2019 assembly elections in the state.
According to the order issued by the acting registrar of the university, Dr. Rajeshwar Singh, students being expelled are Chandan Saroj (M Phil, Social Work, PG Diploma Women’s Studies Department), Neeraj Kumar (Gandhi and Peace Studies, PhD), Rajesh Sarthi, Rajneesh Ambedkar (Women’s Studies Department) Pankaj Vela and, Vaibhav Pimpalkar.
The order also said that students were being punished for interfering in the judicial process.
Reacting to the university order, All India Students’ Association wrote on Facebook, “AISA demands that the suspension letter against the six students must be withdrawn immediately. The freedom of expression of the students can not be curtailed by the Wardha administration. We call upon all to rise up in protest against the vindictive action against the students of Wardha University.”
The AISA said that all the six students expelled by the university hailed from ‘socially marginalized background.’
The university, in its order dated 7 October, had warned students of consequences for holding protests inside the premises of the university.
Earlier 49 celebrities were booked for sedition for writing to PM Modi against the menace of mob lynchings at the behest of a court in Muzaffarpur in Bihar. Faced with widespread condemnation, the Bihar Police had later withdrawn the case terming it malicious.