SINAGAR: Kashmiri students, who had cheered for Pakistan cricket team during the Asia Cup game against India and were thrown out by the authorities at an Indian varsity, have been booked on fake charges of inciting hatred and violence.
Uttar Pradesh police registered a case against 67 Kashmir students after Swami Vivekananda Subharti University authorities filed a complaint with the police against them.
“Yes, a case has been registered against the students after university authorities filed a complaint against the students. We have registered FIR under section 154A and 153A,” Onkar Singh, Senior Superintendent of Police, Meerut confirmed.
The university claims some Kashmiri students celebrated Pakistan’s victory and raised slogans in the community hall of the hostel, which led to a clash with other students and escalated into stone-throwing.
The university suspended all 67 Kashmir students of one hostel block and asked them to leave. Around 200 Kashmir students are taking engineering and law courses in the university. Ousted Kashmir students, however, maintained that they were cornered by the Indian students and were thrown out during the early dawn hours on Monday.
The SSP said the investigations have been taken up. “If any student is found involved, we will arrest him,” he added. Some of the Kashmir students meanwhile reached home.
Taking a strong note of the recent expulsion of the students from one of the varsity of Meerut, Hurriyat leadership stated that the move has ‘punctured’ the tall claims of democracy and secularism.
“The people of Kashmir continue to remain under suppression in every nook and the corner of the corner of the world,” said All Parties Huriyat Conference (G) Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani, adding that the expulsion of the students vindicates that the people of Kashmir are not safe within or outside Kashmir.
Geelani stated that the tall claims of safety for the people of Kashmir are all ‘hollow’ in nature and that they are continuously being subjected to political vengeance “The state government in actual is doing nothing but is acting as a mute spectator.” He said India is very big in size but its heart is very small, adding that the Kashmiris are gripped under the clutches of Indian suppression from past 65 years. He the Kashmiris would reach at their destination of liberty soon if Pakistan and 57 Muslim countries will make their all possible efforts for the Kashmir cause. He said that hundreds and thousands of Kashmiris celebrated the victory of Pakistani cricket team against India and Bangladesh. He said the Kashmiri youths wants to reach in Pakistan because they have love and mental and hearth attachment with Pakistan but India would not issue passport to the Kashmiri students. He said Pakistan should open doors of universities and colleges for Kashmiri students.
All Parties Huriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said the expulsion of the students by university authorities in Meerut is a reflection of communal mindset and racial bias. “We have learnt that some 150 students have been expelled from the varsity only because they expressed their emotions during a cricket match. The act must be condemned at all levels.”
Chairman JKLF Muhammad Yasin Malik said that cricket or any other sports activity is a global event and that everyone is free to express emotions for any team but the attitude of the varsity authorities was ‘pathetic’. “If this remains the mindset of people who run educational institutes in India, you can imagine the conditions of other Kashmiris who are earning their livelihood in different Indian states,” he said.
Chairman Hurriyat Conference (JK) Shabir Ahmad Shah also condemned the incident. “Such incidents indicate how unsafe Kashmiri students are outside,” he said.
Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association (HCBA) has condemned the suspension of Kashmiri students in Meerut and the threatening to the Kashmiri students of Bhagat Dental College at Mukhtasar in Punjab.
“The Bar Association feels that the students belonging to J&K have all along been harassed by the fanatic elements and in the name of showing their patriotism they leave no stone unturned in abusing and teasing them and even causing them physical harm,” said a spokesman of the Bar in statement.
A spokesman of Hurriyat (M) said, “Just on the pretext of the result of a cricket match, the university authorities punished the Kashmiri students. Wining or losing is part of the cricket game but the way university authorities expressed their anger on Kashmiri students is shocking and condemnable as well.”
Employees Joint Action Committee President and Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) senior leader Abdul Qayoom Wani , while expressing serious concern over the suspension of Kashmiri students, said , “The students, who are pursuing different courses at the University have been put to trouble for none of their fault.”
Meanwhile, Tehreek-e-Kashmir Chief Muhammad Musa also condemned the expulsion and termed it an undemocratic act by the University authorities.
The Doctors’ Association Kashmir (DAK), while expressing shock over the harassment of Kashmiri students outside the state.
In a statement today, president of DAK Dr Nisar ul Hassan, said, “ It is shocking that Kashmiri students are being harassed outside the state and suspended.”
Meanwhile, a protest was held at Amar Singh College and S.P. College today against the suspension of students from University in Meerut.
The National Students Union of India (NSUI) condemned the incident in the Meerut University and demanded stern action against the authorities responsible for the act expulsion because, according to NSUI statement such acts defame the secular image of the India in the world.