Agitating students of JU threaten self immolation

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Apr 6:  The agitating Jammu University students have threatened self immolation if their demand for action against the Dean Students Welfare is not conceded by forthcoming Monday.
A written ultimatum cum warning in this regard was served to JU administration by the agitating students, who continued their protest today by disrupting class work and holding dharna demonstration in front of the Vice-Chancellor’s Secretariat.
The protesting students, led Abhinandan Sharma of the Law Department, are seeking  immediate removal of Prof Satnam Kour as Dean Students Welfare besides early action on their demands for required facilities in the hostel.
After boycotting their classes, the agitating students took out a march on the campus and then assembled near the VC Secretariat where a sit-in was held amidst raising of slogans in support of their demands.
The protest dharna was also addressed by Abhinandan Sharma and some other student leaders, who reiterated that nothing less than removal of Prof Satnam Kour as Dean Students Welfare was acceptable to them.  Holding JU Vice-Chancellor Prof  R D Sharma responsible for continuation of the ongoing protest because of his adamant attitude, Abhinandan warned that the VC would be responsible for any untoward incident in wake of the stir.
As already reported, Prof Satnam Kour had allegedly beaten up a student during protest demonstration on March 23 after which the agitators had ransacked the DSW office. Consequent to the ransacking incident, JU had suspended five students. However, the suspension was revoked on last Wednesday following an agreement with a group of   agitating students, who call off the stir while a majority of the protesters remained firm on their resolve to continue the agitation till removal of the incumbent DSW.
Meanwhile, the group of students, who had called off stir following an agreement with JU Negotiation Committee on Wednesday, today warned to resume the agitation if Dean Students Welfare is not shifted or sent on forced leave.
Addressing media persons on the campus, the members of Jammu University Students Joint Action Committee reiterated their demands, including installation of CCTV cameras in campus, deployment of women security personal, wi-fi and round the clock food facility in the campus.
“The University authorities held negotiation with the Joint Action Committee and in writing agreed to all our  demands besides assuring  that pending enquiry,   the DSW would  be transferred or  sent on leave but even after two days of the assurance, the university has neither transferred the DSW nor has  sent her on leave,” said Nishant Gupta.
“The University authorities are warned to either transfer or send the DSW on leave within two days failing which the Joint Action Committee will resume a strong agitation against University authorities and staged dharna outside Raj Bhawan,” he added.
The press conference was attended by  Sunny Parihar,  Yashu Vardhan Singh, Harshvardhan Singh, Rishikesh Bhardwaj , Karan Prasher,  Jyoti, Monika Choudhary, M P Singh, Divya Manhas, Pradeep Sharma, Vikas Bhadhoria, Ellahi,  Abijot Singh ,  Ranjodh Singh,  Sunny Singh,  Deepak Sharma and  Dalbir Singh.