Media boycotts Rahul’s interaction with NEHU students

Mediapersons in Shillong boycotted Rahul Gandhi’s interaction session with students of the NEHU after they were subjected to intense security check and literally confined in a room for over an hour.

Last Updated: Feb 14, 2011, 18:28 PM IST

Shillong: Mediapersons in Shillong on Monday
boycotted Rahul Gandhi’s interaction session with students of
the North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) after they were
subjected to intense security check and literally confined in
a room for over an hour.

Over 25 mediapersons, despite being issued special
passes to cover the programme, were confined in a room
adjacent to the convention hall where the interaction was
organised, minutes before Rahul arrived and were not allowed
either inside the hall or to go outside till the middle of the
interaction.

"We are doing our job", an SPG personnel said, when
questioned about the `security measure.

The media then decided to boycott the programme even
as the organisers were seen persuading saying they can be
allowed inside the hall for maximum three minutes.

Interestingly amidst allegations that the interaction
was political and meant to lure youths for joining the NSUI,
the office of NEHU Vice-Chancellor said, "we are not aware what
the meeting is all about. The Congress will be in know of
things".

After the hour-long interaction was over, activists of
the Congress’s students wing were seen distributing NSUI
membership forms among the students who had attended the
programme.

The coordinator for Gandhi’s visit D Geetha Krishnan
told reporters, "the programme has nothing to do with
Congress. Its just an informal interaction. Rahul took
questions from the students on various issues".

At the Convention Hall of NEHU, the AICC General
Secretary interacted with some 600 students of the city. Forty
students, each from 15 colleges in Shillong, besides 70 others
from NEHU attended the programme.

After the programme, Gandhi flew to Mizoram where he
was slated to inaugurate a girls hostel.

PTI