Concern: Students stage demo against forces ‘occupation’ of KGPC

Concern: Students stage demo against forces ‘occupation’ of KGPC

Authorities postpone exams till Feb next year, Div Com says forces will be shifted soon

Owais Gul

Srinagar, Dec 16 :  Students of Kashmir Government Polytechnic College (KGPC) Gogji Bagh, Srinagar Monday staged a protest against the “illegal occupation of their institute by the security forces.” The protesting students said that as the entire building of the KGPG remains under forces since past many months, the authorities have postponed their exams till February next year.

According to the wire service— sources said that from past four months, the security forces have occupied the College, adding that the students couldn’t attend their classes due to the presence of security forces.

They said all the colleges reopened post abrogation of Article 370, but the KGP College didn’t open as the forces continued to “occupy the institute.”

Sources said College authorities were scheduled to conduct examination for 1st, 3rd and 6th semester students but later they postponed the examinations till February as the forces continued to stay at the institute. “The college authorities are now mulling to complete the syllabus till February following which exams will be conducted but the presence of forces in the college is adding to the miseries of students,” they said.

However, they said that students of similar batch in Jammu have appeared in the examinations, but Kashmiri students are still suffering. Meanwhile, the students of KGP staged a protest at the College and demanded immediate shifting of the forces from the College premises.

The students chanted slogans and said that they are suffering huge academic losses due to the continuous presence of forces, adding that they should be shifted to alternate place at an earliest.

Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan told the forces present in the College will be shifted soon. Pertinently, additional companies of forces were deputed to Kashmir following abrogation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status (Article 370) and bifurcation of erstwhile State into two Union Territories on August 5.

Half of dozen educational institutions were occupied by the forces while forces have vacated from some of the institutes. (KNO)

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