Rights

Kashmiri Student Booked For Sedition in Udaipur, Others Harassed in Punjab

File photo of Kashmir University students. Credit: PTI

File photo of Kashmir University students. Credit: PTI

The tensions in Kashmir and the Uri attack has resulted in Kashmiri students in different parts of the country facing anger and harrassment.

Mudasir Rashid, a third year student of civil engineering at a private institute in Udaipur, has been booked for sedition and suspended from college for a Facebook post about Burhan Wani, the Indian Express reported.

Members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of the RSS, and another independent right-wing youth group, the Chhatra Sangharsh Samiti, on Tuesday vandalised property and created a ruckus on campus about the alleged post, demanding that action be taken. The director (foundation) of the Techno India NJR Institute of Technology told Indian Express that nearly 200 people from outside the college came to the campus and threw stones. They also damaged computers and other property.

Puran Singh, Udaipur unit ‘sangathan mantri’ of the ABVP, told Indian Express, “We had initially tried to speak with the college administration but there was no response. So we had to resort to this to have our voice heard. The college has merely suspended Rashid, pending police investigation. He should not only be expelled from college but also from the country.”

Vyas said the college has a policy of recruiting bright orphans from Kashmir, who are given free education. There are about a dozen Kashmiri students at the institute. Rashid was also selected as part of this initiative, Vyas told Indian Express. “He is a bright student and averages nearly 70% (marks). For the time being, we have shifted all of them (Kashmiri students) outside the campus for their safety,” he said.

Meanwhile, in a university in Punjab, Kashmiri students were allegedly harassed by unidentified people, Indian Express reported. Kashmiri students at the Desh Bhagat University in Fatehgarh Sahib district have said that people gathered outside their hostel rooms on Sunday night and abused them.

“We were sleeping when they knocked our rooms. They were repeatedly asking us to come out of the rooms,” Danish Ahmad, a student, told Indian Express. “We had to call other Kashmiri students who live nearby and we only opened the door after they came. We informed the police of the incident. We found bricks outside our rooms when we opened the door.”

The police told the newspaper that while they investigated the complaints, it turned out to be a “rumour” so they have not filed an FIR. The vice-chancellor has also denied that any such incident occurred.