On Friday 23rd Nov 2007, there was a screening for some program (guess its name was Dyuthi 07) going on in the auditorium. It was going well until when mech fellows started shouting ROYAL MECH, to which the the EEEs responded by shouting CHOPPERS. The people present there said that they saw many chairs flying around. The situation was brought under control by the police.
Later, on sunday(25th Nov) morning(night), at about 1:30 AM, while everyone were asleep, a few locals came to the hostel and destroyed an inmate’s computer. Another inmate who rushed to the scene on hearing the noise was brutally attacked with weapons like chains, iron rods and haxo blade. He suffered injuries to his head, arm and foot.
A big strike was planned for monday(26th Nov) by KSU-MSF. the SFI-DYFI were also on strike and had lot of local support with them. Police rushed to the scene in large numbers. there were 3 jeeps and 2 vans full of police with the new ‘lathi’s. The strike was peaceful. classes were suspended for the day.
The locals found some tools (iron rods) on the road and reported to the police. They said more would be found in the hostel and asked the police to raid the hostel and the police came to the hostel. some locals came along as well but students werent happy at this. pushing and pulling took place then throwing of stones….the police stopped the raid and came to the middle and used laathi to separate the 2 groups. some were injured.
Along with the students and the people, a news reporter was also injured. The bikes of 2 students were also destroyed by the DYFI activists.
The final outcome was, the college was closed for a week, the first internal exam, to be conducted in the first part of the odd semester was again postponed. Also many students were injured and hospitalized. I was seeing this game of settling scores for a long time, and now just a problem in a cultural show turned out to be a big issue(settling accounts!). I don’t know who is benefiting from these gang wars.(Also heard some students were got harassed while going home after all these, didn’t get the details. Will put up those details too as soon as possible.)