MYSURU: The University of Mysore bandh call given by various students and research scholars’ associations demanding that Vice-Chancellor Prof K S Rangappa be sacked over the KSOU scam, saw a complete shutdown of the university on Friday. The protestors closed all gates of the university campus at 8 am. Students and university staff were not allowed to enter and were sent back.
Then they went around all the departments, offices and canteens in the campus and closed them forcibly. Though in-charge Vice-Chancellor Prof A Balasubramanya and Registrar C Basavaraju requested them to withdraw the protest by assuring them that their grievances would be brought to the notice of officials, they were not convinced.
Later, the protesters took out a protest march through the university campus shouting slogans against Rangappa for ‘defaming’ the university. The march which started from Kuvempu Statue on Bogadhi Road went through Maharaja and Yuvaraja colleges during which they were forcibly closed.
After the protesters’ attempts to lay siege to Crawford Hall, the administrative block of the university, was foiled by the police, they proceeded towards the Deputy Commissioner’s office where a memorandum was submitted.
The protestors condemned the police for their inability to arrest the accused even four days after the case was filed.
They urged that the accused be arrested immediately else they might tamper with and destroy the evidence.