Harassment of Kashmiri students, muzzling of voices of dissent unacceptable: CPI (M) Leader M.Y.Tarigami

Senior CPI (M) leader and MLA from Kulgam, M.Y. Tarigami in a statement has lambasted the hate campaign unleashed on Kashmiris outside has patronage of ruling party of the country.

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The harassment of Kashmiri students at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and in different colleges and educational institutions in Punjab at the behest of communal forces is unacceptable and must be condemned in strongest words as such incidents have serious implications.

A hate campaign has been unleashed on Kashmiri students outside the state and it has patronage of communal forces in the country. The already prevailing uncertain situation in Kashmir gets compounded by such incidents. AMU incident is not an isolated one against Kashmiris as in the past, similar incidents have happened in various state of the country. It is actually a hate campaign which has been unleashed on Kashmiris outside the state and it has patronage of ruling party in the country.

As, rightly pointed by Tarigami, Thousands of Kashmiri students are studying in outside state education institutions and this atmosphere of hatred against them has the potential to ruin their career. Students need to be provided with peaceful and secure atmosphere both in and outside educational institutions.

Tarigami has urged J&K Governor Shri Satya Pal Malik to take up the issue of harassment of Kashmiri students with the concerned state governments at the earliest and ensure safe and secure environment for Kashmiri students, businessmen, labourers and others working in various states of the country. Action must be taken against those found involved in intimidating innocent students from J&K.

The BJP Government in Center needs to initiate criminal proceedings against people found guilty of harassing Kashmiri students. Failure to do so will swell anger and further alienate the general masses. The sooner it is done, the better.

[The events in AMU need to be laid threadbare : SI Editorial Team]

  • The politically motivated media trial against the Kashmiri students of AMU has led to sedition charges being filed against two doctoral candidates of AMU- Waseem Ayoub Malik and Abdul Haseeb Mir.
  • Two Kashmiri students have been suspended and show-cause notices have been issued to seven other Kashmiri students.
  • As opposed to the myths circulated widely by the media, there was no prayer meeting observed by the Kashmiri students and all the directions of AMU proctor were followed by the students.
  • While some Kashmiri students were peacefully and democratically discussing the emerging situation in the valley at the Kennedy Hall lawn, a mob of people from outside the university armed with Lathis attacked the Kashmiri students who were having a discussion. Even in the aftermath of the attack by the mob, the Kashmiri students exercised maximum restraint and dispersed immediately keeping in view the maintenance of law and order as paramount.
  • Meanwhile, Speaking to the news agency ANI today, Vice-Chancellor of the University Professor Mansoor said: “The imposition of sedition charges comes under district administration. We have requested the authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into the matter and spare those who are innocent.”

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