Kashmiri student dies in Hyderabad, Valley on edge
‘Muddasir Was Continuously Persecuted By University’; JKP, MHA In Touch With Andhra Pradesh Police: DGP
Srinagar, Mar 3: A Kashmiri student, Muddasir Ahmed Malla son of Ghulam Qadir Malla of Parigam Pulwama, pursuing his doctorate at English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU) Hyderabad was found hanging in his hostel room late Saturday evening. Police termed it a case of suicide, however several of his colleagues said that Muddasir was constantly persecuted by university administration.
“He was forced to commit suicide as he was constantly persecuted by university administration and his room mate Waseem,” Naseer Ahmad, one of his classmates told Greater Kashmir over telephone from Hyderabad. “He was being harassed by them for past more than four months,” he added.
Naseer said that initially, university authorities did not pay any heed to his death. “We staged protests this morning to attract the attention of the university authorities,” he said.
Naseer claimed that on Sunday evening they went to Muddasir’s room and found a note there. “It is only police who can tell what he has written in the note,” he said.
Another student Muzamil said it is wrong to say that Muddasir was arrested for taking part in protests staged against the hanging of Muhammad Afzal Guru in Hyderabad. “Do not portray things in such a way. It is wrong. Nobody has taken part in protests and investigations would reveal how he died,” Muzamil said. “We were being told that he had a tussle with his roommate. What has happened I do not know.”
Talking to Greater Kashmir Commissioner of Police (CP) Hyderabad, Anurag Sharma said that Muddasir had committed suicide. “This case has no connection with Hyderabad blast or Afzal Guru issue,” Sharma said and added that he had strained relations with his roommate Waseem Ahmad of Maharashtra. “They knew each other for four years.”
“In January, Waseem shifted to another room,” the CP Hyderabad said adding that Muddasir and Waseem used to enter into heated arguments. “What cooked between them, we are investigating,” he added.
Sharma said three days ago, Muddasir had a fight with Waseem inside EFLU campus in Hyderabad. “The University authorities brought both the students to Police Station,” Sharma said. “We didn’t register a case as university officials assured us that they would resolve the matter between the duo amicably.”
“Only next day, we found him dead. He had bolted the door and committed suicide,” the CP Hyderabad said adding that they have registered a case and investigations are on. “We are questioning Waseem to find out what exactly transpired between them.”
Sharma said they have registered a case vide number FIR 79/2013 under section 306-IPC. “In the FIR, the Proctor of EFLU, H K Vizra has been named. We are questioning him,” he said and added that on January 1, 2013 a show cause notice was issued by the Proctor against Muddasir after Waseem complained of harassment by him.
“I am unable to understand why Muddasir took such an extreme step. Humiliation might be a cause, but at the same time I am not certain to take the humiliation thread. It seems a simple case of suicide,” Sharma said. “I want to make it clear that no Kashmiri, not to talk of Muddasir, was arrested or detained on Afzal Guru issue in entire Hyderabad area.”
The CP Hyderabad said that body has been sent to New Delhi. “From there it would be flown to Srinagar,” Sharma said.
JKP, MHA IN TOUCH WITH HYDERABAD POLICE: DGP
Director General of Police (DGP) Ashok Prasad Sunday that Jammu and Kashmir Police and Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) have taken up the case of Muddasir’s death with Andhra Pradesh (AP) Government and they are ready to provide any assistance required to investigate the case.
Talking to Greater Kashmir Prasad said that initial investigations have revealed that it is purely a case of suicide. “Muddasir separated from his friend and committed suicide,” he said.
“I spoke to DGP of Andhra Pradesh,” he said and added that MHA has also taken up the matter with the AP Government. “We are in constant touch.”
Prasad said that JKP is ready to provide AP police any sort of assistance. “Incase they need any help during the investigation of the case, we are ready to do that,” he said.
The DGP said that not at any cost, anybody would be allowed to harass Kashmiri students in other states of country. “Nobody should be worried about their wards studying outside as nobody is harassing or would be allowed to harass them,” he said.
KICHLOO DISDAINS RUMOURS
Meanwhile, minister of state for home, Sajjad Ahmad Kichloo has said that the death of a Kashmiri boy in Hyderabad is reported to have been caused by suicide according to the early investigation by Hyderabad police.
The minister, according to an official handout, while rejecting the “rumours” in this regard said that J&K government is in close touch with Andhra Pradesh government in this connection. He urged the people not to get astray by rumours and maintain calm.