The National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) office-bearers here were suspended for indecent behaviour at its training camp, organised almost two months ago.
The state Congress leaders had tried to cover-up the issue, but the affairs in the party’s students’ wing came out in the open on Tuesday with the suspension of Mumbai NSUI president Suraj Singh Thakur and two others for a month. Thakur and others were accused of enforcing binge drinking, dirty dancing, striptease and ragging of the student members who had come for the training conducted by the Jawaharlal Nehru Leadership Institute.
The three-day programme began on March 13 at Panvel near here. On the second day, a drunk Thakur and mates forced other office-bearers to dance. According to a Congress leader, Thakur and the rest forced other attendees to dance naked. Thakur himself was not dressed decently, according to Congress leaders here.
A party observer, who was present at the camp, immediately alerted president Sonia Gandhi and NSUI chairperson Rahul Gandhi about the turn of events. And the programme was cancelled.
Though an internal inquiry confirmed indecent behaviour, party leader Kripashankar Singh ensured that action on Thakur and others was not stringent.