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Now, Allahabad University student leader claims she's being 'hounded'

March 06, 2016 00:34 IST

A student leader of the Allahabad University has alleged that the varsity's vice-chancellor was trying to "expel" her for opposing Bharatiya Janata Party MP Yogi Adityanath's programme in the campus, and has sought the President's intervention in the matter.

In a letter to President Pranab Mukherjee, Allahabad University Students Union President Richa Singh said she is being "hounded" for not conforming with the political beliefs of the varsity authorities.

"Since we have been opposed to the right-wing and communal politics in the campus, we opposed Adityanath's programme in the university premises and since then we have been facing the flak of the university administration. We are being targeted as if we have been criminals despite our significant contribution in the society and academic excellence.

"Our voice is being suppressed and we are being hounded like anything just because we are not in conformity with their political beliefs. Sir, all the recent developments targeted against me have caused an immense pain and turmoil in personal and academic life. The mental torture is excruciatingly painful and life threatening," Singh said in her two-page letter.

Singh was recently elected as the first woman president of the AUSU. The student leader said she has "written" several letters to the HRD minister and to other public offices.

Kicking up a row, Swaraj Abhiyan on Saturday demanded the President's intervention in her case, alleging the BJP was trying to "harass" her by cancelling her admission as she had stopped controversial party MP Yogi Adityanath's entry into the varsity.

"Shockingly, as vendetta, VC and university administration is making every attempt to harass and threaten me. They are using all their power as an administrator to repeatedly harass and intimidate me.

"They are doing so by sending unfounded show cause notice and by constituting baseless inquiry committee against me. Ironically, they never do so when crime against woman in the campus is reported," she alleged.

She further alleged that the authorities are targeting her by "finding technical faults" in her admission. She was admitted in 2013-14 in the Globalisation and Development
Studies Centre. Two years after her admission, a complaint was made against her admission on a reserved category seat.

Apart from the VC, Singh also accused an official of targeting her, as she had opposed his appointment.

Singh said in the past, she have been served show cause by the university administration, when she reported different incidents on the campus.

"After my complaint, an FIR was registered against the perpetrator of the crime and also against the proctor. The show cause notice in this regard was issued on 22nd November 2015," she said.

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