SRINAGAR: Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah, on Wednesday said that a wrong precedent has been set by making a small incident at NIT Srinagar into a massive story.
In an interview to New Delhi-based The Indian Express, Omar expressed displeasure over the HRD ministry of India’s intervention into the mater.
“My bigger worry is about Kashmiri students in other parts of the country. Will we see calls to governors and CMs from the union home minister, PMO getting involved, HRD ministry sending special teams, CRPF being deployed when Kashmiri students are harassed elsewhere? In Rajasthan recently, it were the Kashmiri kids who were instead arrested on charges of eating meat,” he asked.
Expressing his unhappiness on the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) replacing the local police at the campus, Omar has said: “Replacing J&K police with CRPF sends out a message that J&K police can’t be trusted to provide security to non-state subjects. While it is okay for CRPF to thrash locals in Kashmir, students from outside Kashmir are very different for J&K police actions.”
“I don’t recall any such incident. In Kashmir University, there was little trouble once but we used the J&K police and never took this sort of action,” he said.