Noted alumni of St Stephen's College, including historian Ramachandra Guha and chief economic adviser Arvind Subramanian, were on Saturday denied entry into the campus to attend a condolence meeting as permission had not been sought for the event.
College principal Valson Thampu said the college was not a "public park" that anyone could walk in without following protocol.
The event was to be held in memory of Rohtas, 65, the owner of a dhaba on the campus loved by generations of Stephen's alumni for its samosas and gulab jamuns. He died last week of tuberculosis and pneumonia. Around 100 alumni of the college had gathered outside the campus yesterday for a prayer meeting for Rohtas but they were denied entry by the guards.
Later, Guha and Subramanian were allowed to enter the college along with a few other alumni, but many were stopped.