R S Pura College students call off stir

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Jan 15: The protesting students of Government Degree College R S Pura today ended their six-day hunger strike as the College authorities agreed to revoke suspension and rustication of two students, who were punished for allegedly resorting to violence on the campus, last month.
Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) R S Pura, Suraj Rakwal, offered juice to the students on hunger strike following which leaders of Progressive Students Association (PSA), who were spearheading the agitation for the last more than one month, announced to call off their stir.
The issue was resolved following intervention of civil society, which assured to take guarantee that both the students would not create trouble in future after revocation of action against them, informed SDM Suraj Rakwal.
The college authorities also accepted the demand for postponement of some assignment exams, Mr Rakwal added.
According to the Principal, Dr Anita Soodan, the college would forward the representation of civil society to the Minister for Higher Education for his approval on revocation of suspension of the student while a decision on revocation of rustication of other student has to be taken by the Jammu University.
It may be recalled that the college authorities had taken action against the two students for their alleged involvement in violence on the campus during a protest last month. The action by college authorities led to intensification of stir by the students affiliated to PSA who had started an indefinite hunger strike last week for revocation of suspension and rustication.
Later, the civil society also came forward in rescue of the students following which the college authorities agreed for revocation of its earlier order on suspension and rustication.

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