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Omar criticises UP authorities for 'failing to protect' students

Toufiq Rashid, Hindustan Times  Srinagar, May 05, 2014
First Published: 18:15 IST(5/5/2014) | Last Updated: 08:00 IST(6/5/2014)

Controversy regarding Kashmiri students is brewing again. Three students studying in a private university in Greater Noida have alleged harassment by fellow students for allegedly not raising ‘Pakistan Murdabad slogans’.


The students have alleged that students mostly locals and from other parts of the country misbehaved with them and forced them to shout anti-Pakistan slogans. The students alleged a group of students misbehaved with them in inebriated state and asked them to shout ‘Pakistan Murdabad’.
 
The incident, which comes a few months after over 60 students were expelled from a university in Meerut, has drawn sharp reaction in even from the state chief minister who criticised the universities for ‘failing to protect’ students from the valley.

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“If the universities or state authorities can’t protect Kashmiri students coming there, then man up & admit your inability or unwillingness,” Omar wrote on microblogging site twitter.

Omar said beating patriotism into these students would not remove any fear of sense of alienation among the Kashmir.
 
“Let’s beat patriotism in to Kashmir students, why don't we. Great way to remove any fear or sense of alienation among Kashmir. Thugs!!!” he said.

The chief minister said he will send the state government’s resident commissioner in Delhi to the university for ascertaining facts before taking the next step.
 
A Kashmir student, studying at the Nodia International University, told News agencies in Delhi that they were thrashed by a group of five-six drunk boys.
 
“They knocked at my door late night. When I did not answer, they barged in. They were five-six drunken boys standing outside. They started abusing us and then asked who amongst us were from Kashmir,” the student who did not want to be identified told media.
 
The student alleged that the fellow students asked them to shout ‘India Zindabad’ and then asked us to repeat ‘Pakistan Murdabad’.
 
"We said India Zindabad but why would we say Pakistan Murdabad. They abused us again and called me a terrorist,” the student alleged.
 
Two months back, over 60 students of Swami Vivekananda Subharti University in Meerut were expelled from the hostel after they had supported Pakistan cricket team against India in the Asia Cup match.

While many students have joined their classes, a group of 16 are likely to get migration certificates as the university refused to accept them back.
Rabia Altaf (Rabia Baji) head of the NGO, which facilitated their admission under the prime ministers scholarship scheme for Kashmiri students, said that Meerut university found them guilty in their internal investigation.

“All but 16 students have not joined. The university did not want them to join back so they will be given migration certificates,” Altaf added.

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