KGP students march against presence of forces on campus
Srinagar, Dec 16: Students of Kashmir Government Polytechnic
(KGP) Monday took to streets demanding eviction of security forces from the
Post August 5,
additional CRPF troops were stationed in SP Higher Secondary School, Moulana
Azad Road, National Institute of Technology (NIT), Amar Singh College and
Government Polytechnic College, Gogji Bagh.
Except KGP, forces vacated all educational institutions in the
On Monday, scores
of students including girls marched from college to Gogji Bagh main road demanding
eviction of the forces. Carrying placards, “Shame on administration, free our
college, development comes with education”, students were demanding removal of
troops so that classwork could resume in the college
An official said
at least seven CRPF companies are stationed in the KGP. “Only administrative
block is open for official work and rest of the buildings including hostels are
under CRPF,” he said.
Khushbo Shafi, a
student of KGP College, who was part of the protest, said government is forcing
them to opt for private classes which they cannot afford. “We are from middle class family. Coaching
centers are charging Rs 3000-4000 for
teaching one subject,” she said.
who was also part of protest said, for the last two months they have been
requesting divisional administration Kashmir to vacate CRPF from the college.
“But nothing has been done so far”, he said.
threatened to boycott exams if the forces are not removed from the campus.
requires conducive environment for a healthy teaching learning process but in
Kashmir educational institutions are under occupation of security personnel, it
will lead to the destruction of education,” said Bashir Ahmad Dar, a noted
educationist of the valley.
Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan said the matter has already been taken
up by the administration and the process of shifting CRPF companies is going
on. “Forces have packed their belonging and will be vacating from tomorrow”, he