Guwahati: In view of the tragic road accident in Jalukbari locality of the city, where seven students of Assam Engineering College (AEC) lost their lives, State chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday asked the education department for instituting a high-level enquiry committee to probe into the circumstances that led to the accident and premature death of the boarders of Hostel 7.
Till the enquiry is completed and its report examined by the State government, the AEC principal and concerned hostel superintendent have been asked to go on compulsory leave. The tragic accident took place on Monday midnight as the luxury car carrying ten AECians hit the divider first and then a goods carrier on other side of the road. Three students sustained serious injuries but Kaushik Baruah, Arindam Bhallal, Rajkiran Bhuyan, Niyar Deka, Emon Gayan, Kaushik Mohan and Upangshu Sarma lost their lives on the spot.
CM Sarma also directed the department to constitute a committee to look into the present system of students’ election in colleges & universities and report regarding the need for reviewing the system in the wake of frequent clashes during the election period amongst the students.
Further, to prevent recurrence of any incident which is potentially life threatening to the student community, Sarma directed the department to constitute another committee to strengthen discipline, rules & regulations in the hostels of education institutions. The committee will look into strict enforcement of hostel timing, complete prohibition of alcohol etc on the campus and prohibition of extended stay of ex-boarders.