Several students of Dronacharya Engineering College went on a rampage on Thursday morning, torching a college bus and damaging at least 15 other vehicles, following the death of a girl on the premises of the private institute.
The students alleged that 19-year-old Kshitija Babbar, who fell unconscious and died of a cardiac arrest on Wednesday afternoon, could have been saved had the college authorities arranged for an ambulance in time. By the time she was taken to a hospital in Farrukhnagar, it was too late, they said.
The engineering college is situated in Khetawas, 20 km from Farrukhnagar.
Babbar, a second-year student of computer science, fell unconscious in the classroom.
The students also alleged that inadequate medical facilities in the college led to her death. “The college administration reacted late. If she was taken to hospital half an hour earlier, she might have been saved,” a student said.
They claimed that Babbar had applied for medical leave 20 days ago, but the administration refused. The situation became volatile on Thursday morning when the college administration convened a prayer meeting for Babbar. Some of her classmates started booing when college chairman Satish Yadav began his condolence speech.
Soon after, several students went out and damaged windows and windshields of cars parked on the premises. Students also set a college bus on fire.
The college administration refuted the allegations. The chairman said the college didn’t waste time in rushing Babbar to hospital. “We have three Toyota Innovas ready for medical emergencies,” Yadav said.
“We called police after the students became unruly and damaged vehicles. But have not lodged a complaint against any student. We have told them to stay calm. Classes have been suspended till Monday,” Yadav said.
The autopsy report said the girl suffered a cardiac arrest and died within minutes.