SRINAGAR: Students marched across the Kashmir University campus on Tuesday to demand the release of journalism student Tahir Mir, who has been booked under the draconian Public Safety Act (PSA).
A KU student told Kashmir Reader that at about 11am, nearly 200 students assembled at the Naseem Bagh ground and then marched to the Vice-Chancellor’s office.
“Tahir has completed his term in jail. We asked the VC to intervene to get him back to studies. The Kashmir University proctor asked us to give a representation which he said he will forward. The protests ended peacefully,” a student said.
The 24-year-old Tahir Mir is the son of a police constable who was killed years ago while performing his duties. Last month, Tahir was brought handcuffed to the university to write an exam. He is currently lodged in Srinagar Central Jail, where he was recently shifted to from Kot Balwal Jail in Jammu.
Tahir has 13 FIRs against him on charges, among others, of stone-throwing and disrupting law and order. Mir was also sacked from his job in the Jammu and Kashmir Education Services where he worked as a laboratory bearer.
Kashmir University Proctor Naseer Iqbal told Kashmir Reader that students had protested peacefully to demand the release of their friend. “They first made a round of the campus, shouting slogans in favour of Tahir’s release, and then assembled outside the administrative block. The protest was peacefully called off after 40 minutes,” Naseer said.