Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Police and the Kashmir University (KU) on Tuesday denied claims of KU students that the police were establishing a “picket” in the varsity campus.
Speaking to Kashmir Reader, Superintendent of Police Hazratbal Amod Ashoke said that no police picket was being established in the Kashmir University campus. “The university administration is constructing a post for its own security personnel,” he said.
The university administration also denied the reports. Registrar Dr Neelofar Khan told Kashmir Reader that the students have been misled by some “forces”.
“The university is actually fencing the university boys’ hostels. Then, we will need some place to station guards outside the hostels,” she said, adding, “The picket-like structure has come up for the same purpose.”
Earlier, the students of the varsity held a protest demonstration against what they termed as “the establishment of a police post” inside the varsity campus.
Dozens of students carrying banners and raising slogans marched through the varsity campus demanding that the police post be dismantled.
The students assembled outside the Vice Chancellor’s secretariat and said that the police post had been set up to keep the hostel boarders under continuous surveillance.
A protesting student while speaking to Kashmir Reader said, “It is a deliberate attempt to keep vigil on the students’ activities, as the students are at the forefront of protest rallies. The university administration in the name of law and order is trying to cow down the student community.”