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18 Kashmiri students held in Dehradun for protesting

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Dehradun, February 13, 2013
First Published: 00:29 IST(13/2/2013) | Last Updated: 00:30 IST(13/2/2013)

The police detained 18 Kashmiri students who held a protest march in Dehradun on Tuesday afternoon. No legal action was taken against them till late evening, as saffron brigade workers staged protests at the police station. 


The march had begun after namaz at the Parade ground in the heart of the city. The protesters were walking towards the Clock Tower, 500 m away, when the police intercepted them.

Though police has denied that the protesters were raising any anti national slogans, video footages showed they were carrying placards and shouting secessionist slogans and demanding the withdrawal of the army and the central security forces from Kashmir.

"Investigation is on and suitable action will be taken," said superintendent of police Dilip Singh Kunwar.

Later, saffron brigade workers and leaders gathered at the Dhara police post, where the students had been detained.

PDP on Kashmiris
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party said that the execution of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru has reinforced the sense of denial of justice among Kashmiris.

Party president Mehbooba Mufti said the feeling among Kashmiris that they have been treated "differently and unjustly" has been vindicated by the "myopic handling" of Guru's case.

At present, there is a clear perception among people that Guru was hanged with political motives, and Kashmir has been made a pawn in poll politics.

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