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Student unrest for cold water

Jamshedpur, April 5: A section of students of Golmuri’s Abdul Bari Memorial (ABM) College created a ruckus on the campus this morning in protest against unavailability of cold water, prompting the authorities to call police.

The Kolhan University-affiliated college has a water cooler, which was set up near the water storage tank at a cost of nearly Rs 1 lakh last year. But it developed a technical snag early this year. The students claimed that they had urged the authorities to repair the machine a number of times, but in vain.

Unable to drink cold weather especially when the weather has become too hot to bear, they decided to take the protest path to draw the attention of the management.

Around 11am, some students led by Satnam Singh, who is attached with BJP students’ wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, opened the out-of-order water co-oling system and placed it near the principal’s chamber.

“But a section of teaching and non-teaching staff started shouting at us. They even heckled us. We were raising a pertinent issue, but instead of lending an ear to our demands, they threatened to get arrested,” Singh claimed.

The administration informed Golmuri police, who came and picked up the agitators. “We were taken to the police station and later released with a warning to not disrupt peace on the campus,” Singh added.

Golmuri officer-in-charge Nehaluddin Khan said no case or complaint was registered against the students.

The college blamed the students for the defunct state of the water cooler.

“The students damaged the water cooler in January. We called the supplier to repair it. Last month, the supplier asked us to give a written request so that technicians can be sent to take away the machine. The process was on but the students suddenly resorted to vandalism and damaged the machine further today. They even manhandled the staff, who tried to resist their attempts,” said principal S.B. Tiwary.