IIT Kharagpur reports West Midnapore district administration for 'law and order violations'
The IIT Kharagpur has reported to the West Midnapore district administration, state government and the Union Ministry of Human Resources Development about 'law and order violations' by a local group and to ensure the safety of the students, faculty, and staff.
An IIT KGP statement said today, a group called the Joint Action Committee had allegedly prevented 850 contractual workers from clean-up and mess services at the student halls and had manhandled some of the workers yesterday.
The group had also called an indefinite strike today which was later called off, district officials said and promised full cooperation to IIT KGP authorities in maintaining order.
The premier institute has close to 12,000 students living in more than 20 halls of residence and the Hall Management Centre (HMC) has always engaged outsourcing agencies, the statement said.
The group had been claiming that more outsourced workers be engaged in the mess service and cleaning operations at the student halls as in their view the number of staff is inadequate and they wanted to have a say in the operations.
"Supporters of this group are neither on the institute's payroll nor on outsourced duty and were found illegally entering the halls of residence and coercing the mess workers to leave their work yesterday. They went to the extent of physical assault and threatening them with dire consequences," the statement said quoting an IIT KGP official.
Refusing to give in to the demand of the group, the statement said, "We stand firm on the policies and decisions about not to give in to their illegal threats.
The workers concerned are working today." Some of the girl students further complained that few of these local goons entered one of the girl's hostels forcibly yesterday.
"I saw several of these men in bikes and cycles forcing their way in our hostel while the institute's security personnel were trying to stop them from entering," a girl student said.
IIT KGP said the matter has also been reported to police. The institute authorities will have a close monitoring of the situation for the next three days, up to Tuesday night, "as it may take some time to entirely bring back the normalcy," the statement said.
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