SRINAGAR: The parallel Hurriyat factions led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Syed Ali Geelani Tuesday expressed concern over the “expulsion” of Kashmiri students from the Swami Vivekananda Subharti University (SVSU) in Meerat , Uttar Pradesh, saying the government was acting as a “mute spectator” despite repeated instances of harassment of Kashmiri students studying in various Indian states.
In a statement, Geelani condemned the “expulsion of 150 Kashmiri students from Swami Vivekanand Subharti University and stabbing of a youth in a hotel by army personals in Gulmarg” and demanded immediate action against the persons involved in the act.
Geelani said that Kashmiris were “unsafe in and outside the state and are not even allowed to express their emotions in a peaceful manner.”
“What happened in Meerut is not the first incident of its kind,” Geelani said, adding “wherever in India Kashmiri students go to study they are deliberately harassed on one pretext or the other in order to spoil their careers.”
Geelani also castigated “the state administration for “acting as mute spectators over these incidents.”
“They have miserably failed in protecting the lives of Kashmiris, especially students, outside Jammu and Kashmir,” Geelani said.
Geelani also “strongly condemned” the stabbing of a youth by army personals in a Gulmarg hotel and demanded arrest of the troopers involved.
The parallel Hurriyat faction led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq also condemned the incident.
“Venting anger and frustration on Kashmiri students after a loss in cricket match smacks of an extremely fascist and communal mentality,” a Hurriyat (M) spokesman said in a statement.