Kargil shuts to demand separate university

Kargil, Dec 18: Kargil district of Kashmir division observed a complete shutdown on Tuesday in support of its demand for separate university in the district.
Kargil shuts to demand separate university
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Kargil, Dec 18: Kargil district of Kashmir division observed a complete shutdown on Tuesday in support of its demand for separate university in the district.

All shops and other business establishments remained closed in the district while the transport was off the roads.

The call for the shutdown issued by Students' Educational Movement of Kargil (SEMOK) was supported by almost all the religious, political and social organisations of Kargil.

The SEMOK accused the state government of neglecting Kargil for almost seven decades. "We have almost eight universities in Jammu and in Kashmir without even a single university in Kargil, which is indicative of discrimination. The lack of higher educational facilities has kept Ladakh economically backward," they said.

The locals alleged that Governor Satya Pal Malik was keen to set up the University in Leh "which is injustice to the people of Kargil".

"Kargil is situated in the centre of Kashmir and Leh and deserves a separate University. However, some vested interests are keen to set up this University in Leh," news agency CNS quoted the protestors as saying.

They threatened to go for an indefinite strike in case a separate University is not set up in Kargil. 

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