Udhampur, July 23 : With the completing of the 72-hour ultimatum given to the state government to clear its stand on shifting of the Central university from Jammu to Srinagar, students of Udhampur today came on streets and took out demonstration at different areas.
Students boycotted classes and blocked movement of traffic on Dhar Road on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway. Later in the evening a meeting of some political parties was held to chalk out future course of action to intensify the on-going stir.
Earlier this morning, students of PG College, Udhampur, under the leadership of Aijaz Sumberia took out a procession, which started from the college and passed through different areas. At Gole Market, students addressed a rally in which some shopkeepers and other youth were also present.
Aijaz said land for the Central university was identified for the Jammu region, but after formation of the NC-Congress coalition regime the government shifted the university to Kashmir. He, however, warned that Jammu people would not accept such step-motherly treatment with them.
He reminded that in 2008 when the Central university was sanctioned for the Jammu region, the Union government had also allotted an IIM to Kashmir. He, however, said after getting IIM, Kashmiri leadership had started snatching the university from Jammu.
After a rally at Gole Market, students later trooped towards the DC office where a process was held. Students shouted slogans against the state government for meting out step-motherly treatment with the Jammu region. They vowed to take this fight for “justice” to the logical end.
Speakers also flayed Jammu-based leaders for their silence on this issue. They warned to launch a campaign against Jammu-based ministers in the coalition regime.
Meanwhile, various political, religious and social organisations have decided to form a joint front to intensify the agitation.