If some of the students hailing from the North Eastern (NE) states studying in the Poona College are to be believed, then the college management has asked them to avoid coming to college until the situation attains normalcy.
The students said decision was taken keeping in mind the growing number of attacks on NE students that started after the Assam riots.
Currently, the college has 230 students on its campus from the Seven Sister States. Most of the students are pursuing master’s degree.
“Against the backdrop of the ongoing attacks on NE students, the management advised us not to attend lectures at least for a month. This message has been unofficially circulated among all the NE students in the college,” an NE student said.
College principal Dr G M Nazaruddin rubbished the claims that the management had circulated a notice asking NE students to stay away from the college.
“College is providing all kinds of support to the NE students. We have also increased police protection. In the last three days, not a single incident of attack has happened on the campus. I think that some of the students are being misinformed,” Dr Nazaruddin said.
The Abeda Inamdar Senior College, which is adjacent to Poona College, had organised a special seminar for NE students yesterday.
College principal Dr E M Khan said President of Maharashtra Cosmopolitan Education Society P A Inamdar would be addressing 70 NE students in the college today.
Unidentified people attacked two more students hailing from the Northeast — one from Darjeeling and the other from Manipur — on NIBM Road and near Shivnerinagar. The attacks occurred between 4 pm and 6 pm yesterday. “In the first incident, Sant Bahadur Devan (21), who works as a cook in a small hotel, was intercepted by four to five people on NIBM Road at 4 pm. These people, who had came in a car, took Devan into a small lane, thrashed him and fled the spot,” Police Inspector Prasad Hasabnis of Kondhwa police station said. Hasabnis said in the second incident, unknown persons thrashed 29-year-old Manipuri Matha Hini Laxen near Shivnerinagar. “In both the case, the victims sustained minor injuries. We have registered a non-cognizable offence against the attackers and are on their lookout,” Hasabnis said.