KOKRAJHAR: The All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU) on Friday came down heavily on Raj Bhawan for its failure to remove the Vice Chancellor of Bodoland University, Prof. Laishram Ladu Singh from Bodoland University for alleged corruption and maladministration of the varsity. The ABSU will sit for another round of huge protest in all district headquarters of BTC districts, including at the premises of the Bodoland University on Saturday.
Talking to media persons in the Bodoland University premises, the president of the ABSU, Dipen Boro said the student body will stage a huge sit-in in front of Bodoland University on Saturday demanding the immediate removal of the Vice Chancellor of Bodoland University (BU), Prof. Laishram Ladu Singh, who was accused of corruption by the CM’s Vigilance Cell and Directorate of Vigilance & Anti-Corruption. He said the huge protest programme would be held simultaneously in every district headquarters of BTC on the same day from where the ABSU will send memoranda to the Prime Minister of India, Union Home Minister and the Chief Minister of Assam demanding to oust the VC of Bodoland University. He also said the student activists were ready to go to jail but would never allow such a person to continue working in Bodoland University.
Boro said the student body had been demanding the immediate removal of Prof. Laishram Ladu Singh for being accused of corruption but neither the Chancellor nor the State Government had taken action against Singh for reasons best known to them. He said the enquiry against Prof. Laishram Ladu Singh was underway but despite this fact, he resumed office on August 31 on pre-arrest bail. He said Singh had been sent on leave till August 30 and the ABSU vehemently opposed his return to the office at BU.
Boro said many Principals of different colleges and university officials who had been accused of corruption, had been arrested and action had been taken against them. But no action had been taken against Prof. Laishram Ladu Singh by Raj Bhawan. He also cautioned that the ABSU would not remain silent but would continue their agitation until action was taken against Singh. He said the union would be compelled to call for bandh if necessary in the days to come. He further said the ABSU demanded the appointment of a new VC for BU by removing the existing VC.
Prof Singh was being accused of corruption charges by the Directorate of Vigilance & Anti-Corruption and CM’s Vigilance Cell vide case no. 01/2022 U/S 120B/420/409 IPC R/W Sec. 13(a)/13(2) of PC Act, 1988). The president of ABSU said that though Prof Singh had obtained pre-arrest bail, it cannot be ruled out that if he is in office, he may indulge in an act of criminal conspiracy and try to hide evidence.