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    VISAKHAPATNAM: Girijan students of the city staged a sit-in in front of the district Collector's chambers for more than five hours on Tuesday.

    Insufficient accommodation was the main cause of the students' protest organised by the SFI .

    Jagat and other students said more than 350 students were forced to stay in the 12-room hostel located in Kapparada packed like sardines.

    Inadequate accommodation in the hostel was brought to the notice of the collector and the project officer of the Integrated Tribal Development Agency, Paderu, before the start of the academic year for the last two years with a hope the problem would be solved; but the officials failed to take action, the students said. As Mr. Singhal could not reach the Collectorate till late in the afternoon, DRO S. Satyanarayana, told the students that in addition to the three rooms being constructed, additional accommodation would be provided. The students called off their protest after being assured of accommodation.