Kashmiri students beaten, forced to shout anti-Pak slogans in Greater Noida
Chief minister Omar Abdullah on Monday instructed senior IAS officer posted as J&K’s resident commissioner Lokash Kumar Jha in New Delhi to ascertain the facts about the alleged harassment of Kashmiri students at various Uttar Pradesh universities.
Three Kashmiri students were allegedly beaten up by a group of local students for not shouting slogans against Pakistan in a university in Noida on Saturday last.
The latest incident comes two months after over 60 Kashmiri students were expelled from a Meerut university after cheering for the Pakistan cricket team during an Asia Cup match against India.
A Kashmiri student, who is studying at the Nodia International University, said that a group of five-six drunk boys allegedly thrashed and abused them.
“Some five to six local students under the influence of liquor knocked at my door late night Saturday. When I did not answer, they barged in. They started abusing us and then asked me whether I was Kashmiri.”
The student alleged that the fellow students asked them to say ‘India Zindabad’ (long live India) and ‘Pakistan Murdabad’ (death to Pakistan). “When I asked them why I should do it, they abused us again and called me a terrorist,” the student alleged.
The Kashmiri students studying in various universities in UP usually stay in rented houses in Nodia, UP, the reports said.
Soon after the incident on Saturday night, around 100 Kashmiri students protested against university officials for their failure to provide them security.
Reacting to the incident, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah questioned the UP administration’s inability or unwillingness to provide security to Kashmiri students. Omar expressed his resentment on Twitter on Monday: “If the Universities or state authorities can’t protect Kashmiri students coming there then man up and admit your inability or unwillingness.”
“I am sending the Resident Commissioner from Delhi to visit the University in question to ascertain all the facts before deciding next steps,” Omar said in another tweet.
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.