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It's Jammu vs Kashmir over Central University issue

Aug 06, 2009 10:07 AM IST India India
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Jammu: More trouble is brewing for Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah as establishing a Central University in the state now threatens a divide once again on regional lines.

In Jammu many girl students tied rakhis to policemen on Wednesday as a part of their ongoing protests, demanding that the Central University sanctioned for the state should be established in Jammu region and not Kashmir.

"We decided to tie rakhis on every policeman's wrist because we want their support in our fight for a Central University," said a college student Preeti.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had in 2007, during a convocation address, announced a Central University for the state.

Protestors in Jammu have alleged that while land had been identified in Samba district for the proposed university, the state government opened camp office in Kashmir region.

"They say it is their right. They are being deprived of education through this university," said Paviter Singh, Chairman, Central University Sangrash Samiti.

The row threatens a divisive role similar to the Amarnath land agitation last year.

A Central University Sangrash Samiti has already been formed on the lines of Amaranth Sangrash Samiti.

"We have created a base. Kathua, Reasi, Jammu even at Rajouri and Poonch. We are spreading it to Doda. People will come in numbers and chalk out a definite programme," added Singh.

Omar and his ministers have already met the Prime Minister asking him to sanction two Central Universities for the state.

It is a tough task but maintaining the regional balance is the next challenge in the offing for the government.

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