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Assam: Students of NIT Silchar organise Satyagraha seeking justice for Koj Buker

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Guwahati, Sept 18: Students of NIT Silchar on Monday staged peaceful Satyagraha seeking justice for Koj Buker, who was found hanging in his hostel room on September 14.

The students, as a mark of protest and justice for Koj Buker, organised the Satyagraha programme inside campus. The posters held by the students clearly read, ‘Justice for Koj Buker, Resignation of BK Roy’.

‘We will not be silenced; we want justice; our voices are united’, a poster held by another student wrote.

The lifeless body of third-year Electric Engineering student Koj Buker’s was found hanging in his hostel room on Friday (Sept 14).

Buker was a resident of Arunachal Pradesh, and according to his batchmates, their first semester in 2021 was conducted online.

“We want justice for Koj Buker and compensation for his family members. Koj was mentally and physically strong. He was not a drug addict. The NIT Silchar administration has made a false allegation against him, which was not justified. They said he was mentally unstable and a drug addict, which was totally false,” said an agitated student.

He said, “We want the resignation of Academic Dean BK Roy because the administration and he were responsible for his suicide. After his suicide, no one from the administration came to inquire about him. We want justice for our friend because he was murdered.”.

The students alleged that Buker was not allowed to go to the classes in the fifth semester and was repeatedly insulted by the Dean of Academics, BK Roy, in front of the other students a few days ago.

We are very good friends, and he was a very smiling face kind of a guy. After his mother’s death, he got depressed, and at the same time, the six backlogs could be slapped on him, which has depressed him a lot. He appealed to the authorities to conduct a special examination so that he could clear the backlogs, but the administration didn’t listen to his request and tear his application,” said a third-year student of the electric engineering department.

The Gymkhana Union Body, NIT Silchar, submitted a memorandum to Cachar Deputy Commissioner regarding the issue on Saturday.

It was not the first instance. Many more incidents were reported by the premier institute.

In 2002, the institute was upgraded to the status an National Institute of Technology and was declared as an institute of National Importance under the National Institutes of Technology Act, 2007.

Also Read: NIT Silchar suicide case: Students hold candlelight march; seek justice Koj Buker

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