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The Assam University Students’ Union (AUSU) on Monday forced Vice Chancellor Dr Dilip Kumar Nath to sign the orders for the suspension of the head of the department of agricultural engineering department of the University for allegedly harassing a final year M Tech student.

The fourth-semester M Tech student of the department had filed a complaint with the university authorities on July 16, accusing agricultural engineering department head Sudipto Sarkar of sexually harassing her.

The students’ union on Monday gheraoed vice-chancellor Nath, who cut short his vacation and joined office today following the protest over the sexual harassment case rocked the university, and compelled him to sign at the Sarkar’s suspension order.

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These students also forced him to leave his chamber and return with the suspension order of another faculty member, Dr Nirakar Mallik of Sociology department, who was also allegedly involved in such a sexual assault case three years back.

Bowing to demands of the student, VC Nath announced that both the teachers have been placed under suspension and orders with this effect have been issued.

The VC also apologized to the students for his comment that sex scandal is a minor issue.

“I have just come and I have to look into the matter. This issue is not as grave as it has been projected,” Nath had told Northeast Now on Sunday.

Assam University registrar Sanjib Bhattacharjee earlier had said an internal complaint committee was formed and it would submit its report on Monday.

AUSU president Milon Das had threatened to launch indefinite protest from Monday noon and till the suspension order is given.

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