SRINAGAR: For the fourth consecutive day, class work of many departments remained disrupted in Kashmir University on Thursday, as students continue to protest against the “mysterious disappearance” of a geology student.
Students of several departments took out a protest march from the Department of Geology and marched through the campus, later a sit-in protest was organized in front of the Vice-Chancellor’s secretariat, holding placards reading “Find Sameer”, “In Solidarity with Sameer”.
The students demanded “sincere” intervention from university authorities to help locate the whereabouts of their fellow student, Sameer Ahmed Dar.
Sameer, a resident of Kakapora Pulwama is a second-semester student in the Department of Geology. He had left for University from his home on March 19 and is missing since then.
The students said they will continue their protests in the campus till Sameer is not located “The protests will continue until we come to know about Sameer’s whereabouts,” they said.
A student, who wished not to be named, told Kashmir Reader that Sameer’s brother received a call from Sameer’s mobile number on Tuesday evening. “University authorities assured us that they’ll locate him, but why haven’t they traced the call from his mobile number?” the student asked.
Sameer’s elder brother, Mohammad Altaf Dar, confirmed that he received a call from Sameer’s mobile number but said it wasn’t his brother who spoke.
“The person kept saying ‘I am fine’ multiple times and then disconnected the call. I couldn’t call the number as it did not connect later,” Altaf said.
Chief Proctor of Kashmir University, Dr Naseer Iqbal, said that the Governor’s office, the Chief Minister’s office, and the DGP have been informed about the missing student through written communication.
“If he had gone missing from the campus, we would have been answerable for it. Still, we are trying our level best to find him,” he said.
When asked about the phone call made from Sameer’s mobile number to his brother, the Chief Proctor said, “For now, police have no trace of him. We will again contact the police and inform them about the development.”
However, the protesting students continued sloganeering in front of VC Secretariat and demanded the location of Sameer to be traced as soon as possible. They also demanded a fresh statement from Vice Chancellor to put pressure on the security agencies in locating Sameer’s whereabouts.
Meanwhile, KU Vice-Chancellor Prof Khursheed Iqbal Andrabi told students that the university administration was also concerned about the student and had already written to the Governor, the CM, and the DGP.
“We are in touch with all the people. Once we will come to know anything about the student, we will inform you,” he said to students.
“I have talked to Governor’s Office, DGP’s office personally to intervene. I am in touch with the SP of the area also about the phone call his brother has received,” he added.
Andrabi said that being head of the institution, he too was concerned about the student.
“As a parent myself, I am concerned for the student. I am keeping a track on it” he said.
After taking assurance from the VC, the students later dispersed peacefully.
In a statement issued here, the Vice-Chancellor Prof Khurshid Iqbal Andrabi today reiterated that the University was equally concerned about the matter and impressed upon the state authorities to pro-actively help trace the student’s whereabouts.
The Vice Chancellor also assured the students that as and when any clue about the student is obtained, the same shall be shared with them.
“The university reiterates its appeal to the agitating students to maintain the peaceful atmosphere in the campus,” the statement said.