University of Jammu

Attack on Scholar inside Sanskrit department in JU, PSA sympathisers under Scanner

The sympathisers of the Progressive Students Association (PSA)  in Jammu University are currently under the scanner even as uneasy calm prevails in the campus five days after the PHD scholar Kapil Shastri was beaten up by the President of the Gujjar-Bakerwal Students Association (GBSA) Talib Hussain along with large number of unidentified miscreants.

University of JammuLarge number of students and senior faculty members apprehend repeat of similar incidents if the Jammu University authorities failed to check the menace of miscreants roaming free in the campus despite claims of tight security arrangements.

Even the arrest of some of the accused and ban on entry of some other students behind the well planned attack is yet to boost the morale of the common students as they feel insecure in surcharged atmosphere.
Students in small groups continue to discuss the fall out of the attack and rustication of students and ban on the activities of Progressive Students Association.The University authorities, on their part are also a divided house and a section of faculty was not keen on taking extreme measures to set the house in order. At the same time some of the faculty members have shared their assessment of the prevailing situation in the campus and has also cautioned the vice chancellor not to adopt soft approach in dealing with trouble makers bent upon disturbing the academic atmosphere in the campus.

A high-level inquiry  committee constituted by the University authorities are under pressure from various quarters to tone down the findings of the probe in order to safeguard the interests of  members belonging to a particular community.

The common interests of large number of students associated with PSA and GBSA,President Talib Hussain  is a cause of concern for the university  authorities entrusted with the responsibility of restoring order on the campus. The history of PSA members and students associated with it has already triggered tensions in the university campus on number of occasions and this time too the senior faculty members are apprehending more trouble on the campus if situation was not brought under control at an appropriate time.

Majority of students on the university campus believed that the clash was triggered not because Kapil Shastri had objected to the closure of the campus gates by PSA and GBSA activists but they see a sinister design  behind such activities.

The Jammu University authorities privy to the secretive activities of the PSA members and their allegiance to a political ideology are in no mood to provide them a long handle to reactivate their network and spread tentacles.

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