Ahmedabad: In an ugly face-off, a final-year student of photography design department at National Institute of Design (NID) in Ahmedabad assaulted a senior faculty member on Monday at the institute’s Gandhinagar campus.
(Above) NID campus, Gandhinagar; (inset) professor Deepak John Mathew, who got punched
Though no police complaint has been lodged in the matter, the fight between Sumit Kathuria, a student of postgraduate diploma in photography design and Deepak John Mathew, the coordinator of the course, was apparently waiting to happen, say photography students.
According to sources, on Monday evening, Sumit was shifting his diploma work consisting of 28 photo frames from NID’s Paldi campus to Gandhinagar for an upcoming exhibition. Having spent Rs 75,000 from his own pocket for his work, Sumit expected some security for the same at Gandhinagar campus till his works were exhibited.
However, Deepak refused to heed to his demands. Sumit’s work had been appreciated at the exhibition held at Paldi campus on July 31 and August 1.
“We heard that Deepak reacted to Sumit’s request in an abusive manner which infuriated the former, leading to the brawl,” said a staff member refusing to be named.
A student who witnessed the incident said, “There was a heated argument between Sumit and Deepak following which they got into a physical fight. Sumit punched him on the nose and people had to intervene to separate the two.”
Regretting the turn of events, Sumit, who later wrote an apology letter said, “As a human being, I regret the incident. It could have been avoided.”
After the brawl, Mathew had called up Gandhinagar police but did not lodge any complaint on the request of Sumit’s parents. “I do not wish to blow the incident out of proportion. The matter is resolved,” said Mathew.
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