The Panthers Party leaders and activists on Thursday paid rich tributes to the student martyrs who were killed in the police firing inside GGM Science College on October 17 and 18, 1966, during the Congress rule.
The Students' Congress led by Prof Bhim Singh, chief patron of National Panthers Party, was demanding establishment of Jammu University, technical education colleges, an ayurvedic college and upgrade of agricultural graduates on par with MBBS and engineering graduates, the party leaders said.
The students had launched a movement under the leadership of Bhim Singh. Three students Brij Mohan, Subhash Chandra and Gulshan Handa were killed on GGM college premises whereas a student leader, Gurcharan Singh, was killed on October 18, 1966, in Kanak Mandi, Jammu, when a students' procession was marching through the streets of Jammu.
Senior superintendent police who shot Gurcharan Singh had in fact aimed at Bhim Singh, leader of the students movement, but a senior officer from district administration, MP Khosla, intervened and saved Bhim Singh. This was revealed by Khosla in Delhi this year.
MP Khosla has also served as chief secretary of J&K in 1987-88. It was because of the intervention of Indira Gandhi, the then prime minister, that a commission of inquiry was set up, which held several police officers and heads of administration in Jammu responsible for genocide of students. More than 53 students were injured in the science college.
Addressing students at the memorial site, Bhim Singh paid tributes to the student martyrs. He reminded that when NPP legislator Harsh Dev Singh became education minister in 2002 he gave orders to start 20 colleges in J&K without hurting any student. He said discrimination against students and the youth has been continuing and it will not stop till the end of the NC-Congress rule in J&K.
MLAs Harsh Dev Singh and Yashpaul Kundal were also present on the occasion.