Expressing resentment over silence of authorities, students of BGSBU Wednesday threatened to resume strike in university campus in case their demands are not met.
After being unable to resolve the issues with protesting students, the officials have closed down the institution indefinitely and students have been vacated from hostels.
Students are demanding removal of registrar BGSBU Mohammad Rashid Chowdhary from his chair and barring him from entering the campus till the completion of inquiry in scholarship scam. Though Chowdhary was removed from his post and posted as OSD, but students allege cheating as according to them he "continues to remain in his office."
A group of students, under the banner of BGSBU Students Union told Greater Kashmir that the authorities are delaying action on their demands.
"SSP Rajouri has made commitment with students and assured that he will apprise concerned authorities about our demands. Our demands include removal of present Vice Chancellor with immediate effect. Removal of registrar and impartial probe in the financial misappropriation, impartial probe in all financial irregularities including that in scholarship scam and audit of university accounts by an independent team," they added.
In the scam, scholarship amount of Rs 19.66 lakhs was drawn from Darhal branch of Jammu and Kashmir Bank through 72 cheques issued in the name of different people and allegedly signed by the registrar. The registrar has denied having signed the cheques.
"He is a powerful man and we had apprehensions if he remained in the campus he will influence the investigation. Forget suspension or forced leave, they made him OSD with unchanged perks," said a student. "When we accused them of cheating, they replied by closing down the entire university just for the sake of one man," they added.
"The authorities have also closed down this apex institution without caring about careers of hundreds of students pursuing various courses," they said.
The students threatened to resume strike in university campus in case their demands are not met. "We will go and resume our strike in university campus if authorities fail to meet our demands forthwith."