Prof’s death: JUTA takes out protest march to Div Com office for CBI probe

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 21: On thirteenth day of their ongoing pen down strike, the members of Jammu University Teachers Association (JUTA) today took out a peaceful protest march to the office of Divisional Commissioner Jammu and handed over their representation to him seeking CBI probe into death of Associate Professor Chander Shekhar.
Holding banners and placards, the JU teachers explained the Divisional Commissioner about alleged highhandedness of university authorities and the procedural lapses that led to suicide by Prof Chander Shekhar, who was found hanging in his office chamber on September 7 after he was served a letter of his suspension over charges of sexual harassment.
Seeking CBI probe into the matter, JUTA also demanded immediate removal of the officers involved in the procedural lapses in conducting the enquiry and serving suspension letter. The association made it loud and clear that if the administration wants to avoid further escalating the standoff with the teachers, it must initiate the action on their demands.
JUTA alleged that the university authorities, instead of working towards providing justice to the deceased, were trying to hush-up the case and issuing veiled threats to the teachers who are raising genuine demands.
Meanwhile, a delegation of ABVP today met with JUTA President Pankaj Srivastava and appealed the teaching fraternity to resume class work as the ongoing strike was severely impacting studies of the students.
Expressing faith over SIT and Commission on SC, which are already looking into all aspect of the case of Prof Chander Shekhar’s death, ABVP President of JU unit, Anoop Singh said that till outcome of the investigation results, working of JU should not be hampered on basis of assumptions.