Classes suspended at Degree College Shopian, students protest


Shopian: The students of Degree College in South Kashmir’s Shopian district, on Thursday, protested against the authorities alleging that government is hell bent to ruin their careers as they are frequently shutting down the college.

Some protesting students said, “The panicky government frequently shuts down the colleges across Kashmir while Degree College Shopian was shut after we protested against the brutal murder of a student of this college at the hands of Forces.”

On June 6, Adil Farooq Magray, a student of Degree College Shopian and a resident of Gonoupora village was shot dead by troopers after protesters in the area pelted stones on them to help the militants to escape from the spot. The killing sparked violent protests by students from the very next day, forcing authorities to shutdown the college for an indefinite period of time.

Witnesses said that a large number of students blocked the road at Gagrin area of the district resulting in the disruption of vehicular movement. However, the students alleged that authorities intentionally suspended the classes.

The students said, “We went to college but were told that teachers would not take any classes. Ironically, the teaching staff along with the Principal spend time in worthless discussions but do not bother to take the classes.”

Officials from the police and civil administration rushed to spot to pacify the students. The officials assured that classes would resume without any delay.

An official from the college said, “The Government had directed us to shut down after the students protest against the killing of their fellow student. We had to follow the directions.”

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