IHM students protest, boycott exams

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SRINAGAR: The Kashmiri students of Institute of Hotel Management (IHM) Rajbagh on Tuesday held protests against the Principal and management for ‘rusticating’ a Kashmiri student and alleged discrimination with the local students. 

The students also boycotted examinations and demanded transfer of its principal.

The Kashmiri students said that on Monday, a scuffle broke out between some local and non-local students during which a local student was thrashed by nearly a dozen non-locals.

“He was beaten to pulp by about dozens non-local colleagues after he refused to leave his seat,” they said, adding that after our intervention, a scuffle broke out between two sides.

They alleged that the principal of the college, Nisheeth Srivastava after intervening blamed Kashmiri students for the incident without properly ascertaining the situation. The students accused principal and management of ‘harassing’ them. “He (principal) thrashed two Kashmiri students and is threatening us with police action,” a student wishing anonymity said.

The students accuse the management of adopting partial approach in dealing with the situation. “The non-local students again thrashed two of our mates in presence of Principal and other staff members. Still, administration blames us for the mess and rusticated three of our students among which two were taken back after a stern warning,” another student disclosed.

The students however insisted that the name of the rusticated student should not be made public.

The students continued to protest on Tuesday demanding transfer of its principal. However, the non-local students have appeared in exams.

The IHM management however dismissed the allegations by saying they have not rusticated any student. “We have suspended seven students including four non-local students. We are investigating the matter and a stern action will be taken against the guilty,” an official, insisting not to be named said.

The official said: “We can’t rule out politicisation of the issue as many Kashmiri students were harassed and thrashed in outside varsities and institutes.”

Despite repeated attempts, the principal of the Institute was not available. “He is in the meeting,” the official said. 

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