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5 Kashmir University Employees Suspended

Srinagar:  Five Kashmir University employees have been placed under suspension following an altercation that occurred within the campus premises over a minor car accident, officials said.

The KU General Administration Department issued an order on Wednesday that put Riyaz Ahmad Rather, Assistant Xerox Operator, Department of Chemistry; Mohammad Shafi Rather, Orderly, Dean Education Office; Irfan Rather, Helper, Construction Division and Aquib Ahmad Wani, Helper, Directorate of Distance Education under suspension.

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Sources said the altercation took place when the vehicles of Riyaz and Aquib had a minor collision outside the Allama Iqbal Library at around 4.30 pm. “Soon, the altercation took an ugly turn while the other two employees also joined the fistfight, which was caught on camera by many passer-by students and employees.”

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“It was a scene of utter hooliganism which didn’t augur well with the University setting. Many students sought action against the employees for setting a bad precedent,” said an official privy to the incident.

He said such episodes could hurt the psyche of students, besides tarnishing the image of the University in the eyes of the public.

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“The VC directed strict action against the employees over hooliganism and indiscipline, leading to their suspension. An inquiry committee has been set up to further probe into the matter and recommend future course of action,” the official said.

This is the second time an on-campus altercation was caught on camera. Last year, two senior professors of the University resorted to fistfighting in front of students, forcing the University to relieve them from the headship of their respective assignments—(KNO)

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Updated: December 1, 2023 — 9:54 am
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