LAHORE - The standoff crisis between Principal of Govt Gulberg College for Boys Prof AR Hussain Cheema and some staff members deepened on Monday with both sides levelling accusation against each others. The crisis could lead to scuffles and law and order situation as college reopens today. Staff members of college Arshad Ali Awan, Zaheer Dogar, Sajid Khan, Taufeeq Butt and Arshad Ali Mehr and Akram Chaudhry led by President Punjab Professors Lecturers Association college chapter Nisar Ahmed Butt held a press conference at Lahore Press Club on Monday. They accused the principal of gross irregularities and corruption. Akram Chaudhry said he was forced by the principal to indulge in corruption. "When I refused to do as he said he removed me. I shared this with the staff members already suffering from his actions. We decided to raise voice against his tyranny. The department must remove him immediately. Other staff members including some lecturers, peons and other daily wage staff accused the principal of high handedness. They alleged the principal in order to save his own skin had invited gunmen belonging to a student group to pressurise the staff. Sweeper Pervaiz Masih accused the principal of first paying him less for milk and for not paying him at all in the last three months. Former Baildar (gardener) Barkat Masih accused the principal of forcing him work in his house. Muhammad Ahmed working on daily wages alleged blackmail by the principal. When contacted Principal Cheema dismissed all the allegations as rubbish. He accused lecturer Taufeeq Butt, Zaheer Dogar and Akram Chaudhry of exploiting the situation for their own motives. "I have reported the whole matter to Secretary Education, DPI colleges and all the officers concerned in the department. I have reported with proof all the corruption that they have done. Taufeeq Butt's brother runs canteen and cycle stand in the college. Now he wanted to open another shop. When I resisted he teamed up with Akram Chaudhry to instigate the staff against me. I am running the college for four years and am a tough administrator," he maintained. He said he had found proof of Akram's corruption and removed him. "I have all the proof. He made undue expenditures," the principal alleged. About the allegation that he invited armed students into the college he denied inviting anyone. "It was first young people from outside who claimed to be IJT members that demonstrated against me. The next day MSF students came but I did not invite them," he said. The college was earlier called Govt College of Physical Education. It is spread over 17 acres and has annual budget of Rs 35 million. Interestingly the number of students studying at the college is not more than 200. Immediate intervention by the Education Department is needed to avoid any untoward incident.