A day after calling off their fortnight long agitation, students at the Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University (BGSBU) became restive once again on Monday afternoon and started holding demonstration outside the office secretariat of the Vice Chancellor Prof Irshad Ahmed Hamal.
As the demonstration was going on till late tonight, Prof Hamal along with Deans of various faculties and other varsity functionaries were holding a meeting to discuss the matter. The situation was under control as the protesters were peaceful, a senior police officer said.
After holding vice chancellor along with other university staff including members of the teaching faculty for a night, students had on Saturday called off their agitation after district police chief SSP Dr Haseen Mughal changed the in-charge of Special Investigation Team probing the scholarship scam and the Vice Chancellor agreed to attach Registrar Rashid Chowdhary with his office. While police appointed Additional SP Tejinder Singh as new head of the SIT, Prof Hamal posted Choudhary as Officer on Special Duty in his office.
However, trouble erupted on Monday afternoon when students found Choudhary still sitting in the office of Registrar. They waited till afternoon in the hope that new Registrar may take over, but when nothing happened, students started demonstrating outside the office chamber of vice chancellor accusing him of betrayal.
The BGSBU students have been demanding removal of varsity Registrar Rashid Choudhary alleging that he is involved into the embezzlement of Rs 19.66 lakh given by the Union Ministry for Tribal Affairs for disbursement as scholarship to various categories of students mainly Paharis. However, they locked the main gate of the campus
Sources, however, said that the scholarship amount was drawn from Darhal branch of the Jammu Kashmir Bank through 72 cheques issued in the name of different people and firms purported to have been signed by the Registrar. While a computer assistant in the office of Dean Students Welfare and and an employee of the bank have been suspended, the Registrar has denied having signed any such cheque during investigation by police.
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