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Kishtwar University students hunger strike on, 2 hospitalized
‘Govt has money to rehabilitate stone pelters, not to run universities’
12/13/2017 11:25:44 PM
Asif Iqbal Naik

Kishtwar, Dec 13: Kishtwar University students who are on indefinite hunger strike at new DC office complex here faced a tough time on Wednesday as two of their colleagues were shifted to District Hospital Kishtwar after their condition deteriorated.
Students are on a hunger strike demanding immediate revocation of enhanced course fee, which was increased in midsession.
As per the details available with “Early Times”, team of Kishtwar police along with the officials of the health department today shifted Anoop Singh of Assar Doda and Vishal Sharma of Kathua, both students of 3rd Semester in Geology Department to District Hospital Kishtwar after both fell unconscious and were shivering under prevailing cold conditions with sub zero temperature and continuous rainfall. Both the students resisted the police and health officials move to shift them to District Hospital Kishtwar and called for immediate revocation of enhanced course fee, removal of Director Kishtwar University Campus and postponement of examination by at least two weeks so that they could get the time to prepare for the examination.
Both Anoop Singh and Vishal Sharma alleged harassment by Director Kishtwar University Campus and added that he never attended his duty at Kishtwar campus. “He has installed CCTVs in the campus and monitors the university campus activities on his mobile and laptop in Jammu.”
They said that Director Kishtwar campus had threatened them with dire consequences which include failing them in internal assessment marks, beside in examination. They said that if Director Kishtwar campus is not shifted it can have far reaching consequences.
Students said that they will not break their fast and will continue to observe hunger strike till their demands are met.
"They are demanding Rs. 1 lakh from us-- from where we get this money-- it is better for us to die" said Anoop Singh and Vishal Sharma.

The students termed the yesterday late night order of Director Kishtwar University campus as bluff and misguiding. They said that the order passed by the Director Kishtwar campus through social media only speaks about allowing them to sit in examination while the issue of revocation of increased fee was left untouched and termed the same order as wastage of time and an attempt to befool the students.
While lashing out at Government, University Officials and Director Kishtwar Campus, the students allege that government has money for rehabilitation of stone pelters in Kashmir valley and had not money to run the University Campus as a result of which fee was hiked by 200%.
“We came to Kishtwar for availing education from Kishtwar University Campus as the atmosphere in Kashmir valley is not conducive since last two years due to strikes and ever increasing cases of stone pelting—we simply want education and not harassment” said angry students.
“It seems its better for us to return to Kashmir and pelt stones and in return we will get jobs and rehabilitation,” they added.
Another student said that Kishtwar University Campus fiasco clearly hinted that government is forcing them to choose the wrong path rather than providing them hassle free education.

“We are disturbed – we are under lot of stress— we are being harassed by Director Kishtwar University Campus--- we are fighting for our rights and we will continue our fight till all our demands are met” said Kuldeep Singh.
Meanwhile several social organisation and student unions today extended their support to these agitating students and threatened that in case the demands of the students are not accepted, they will join them and hit the streets.

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