ANANTNAG: Government troops are still occupying the students’ hostel of Government Degree College Anantnag even though the by-polls in Anantnag constituency have been deferred to May 25. The presence of the troops has left dozens of students fuming, as they have been forced either to rent rooms for accommodation or to live with their local classmates.
Many such students who spoke to Kashmir Reader said that they were made to vacate the hostel at least four days before the polls were scheduled for Anantnag seat.
Most of these students hail from far-flung areas such as Marwa, Dachan, Banihal and remote areas of Shopian. A third-year student from Marwa said he had been staying at a rented accommodation since a week ago. “We have been regularly asking the college administration as to when the forces will vacate the hostel, but they are not responding clearly,” the student said.
Another student said, “The college administration seems to be least concerned about its students.”
Principal of the college, Peerzada Muhammad Yusuf, said he had taken up the issue with the district administration. “As elections are important, we could not have said no to the election commission. But after the polls were deferred, I raised this issue with the deputy commissioner yesterday and he responded positively. I am hopeful that the forces will be relocated from here by tomorrow,” Yusuf told Kashmir Reader.