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SKMU registrar quits after threat
- Official was intimidated by tribal students

Dumka, Sept. 27: The registrar of Sido Kanhu Murmu University (SKMU), Arvind Kumar Jha, today submitted his resignation to vice chancellor M. Basheer Ahmad Khan citing “stress” while discharging duty.

Jha, who had been on the post of the registrar for almost one year, had been selected by the Jharkhand Public Service Commission.

Sources said Jha was being humiliated and intimidated by a group of tribal students on the insistence of some varsity officials who were at loggerheads with him.

They claimed that a group of tribal welfare hostel students had barged into Jha’s office a couple of days ago and in the presence of other employees threatened him with dire consequences if he if he did not “mend” his ways.

The tribal students who threatened Jha on Monday are said to belong to a group that had last month attacked around 300 ABVP supporters who were staging a protest at the SKMU headquarters. Though an FIR had been lodged by the ABVP in this regard, the police failed to take any action.

“A group of students from the tribal welfare hostel were insisting that the registrar lodge a counter FIR against the ABVP members,” an SKMU official said.

He added that senior varsity officials, including vice chancellor Ahmad, also did not take any action against the errant tribal students despite being apprised of the situation by Jha on a number of occasions.

Yesterday, a group of ABVP members, apparently in retaliation to the August 13 attack, bashed up one Shyamdev Hembrom, a former prefect at one of the tribal welfare hostels. Hembrom later lodged an FIR in which he accused a number of ABVP supporters of assault.

Jha may have put in his papers today, anticipating more trouble from the already hostile students.

Vice chancellor Ahmad, however, denied receiving any complaint from Jha about being threatened.

“The registrar only had mentioned that a section of students was pressuring him to lodge an FIR against the ABVP youths. But he never mentioned that he was being ‘abused’ or threatened,” Khan told The Telegraph.

He said Jha’s resignation was under consideration and had not been accepted yet.