Ensure security of Kashmiri students: GoI to UP

New Delhi: In the backdrop of slapping of sedition charge against Kashmiri students and its subsequent withdrawal, the Indian government on Friday night asked Uttar Pradesh government to ensure proper security to students from outside, particularly from Jammu and Kashmir, studying in the state.
UP government had slapped the sedition charge against around 60 students studying in an university in Meerut for allegedly cheering Pakistan during the cricket match on March 2. However, the charge was withdrawn following an outrage in Kashmir valley and outside and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s appeal to his UP counterpart Akhilesh Yadav.
A Union Home Ministry spokesperson said that in view of the sensitivity involved in the matter pertaining to the incident in Meerut on March 2 during the Asia Cup cricket match between India and Pakistan in Asia cup series, Uttar Pradesh government has been advised to tell its law enforcing machinery that utmost care should be taken while registering case against students from any part of the country studying in the state.
In its advisory, the Home Ministry conveyed to UP government that it should be ensured that while filing cases against students, charges levelled against them are not disproportionate to alleged crime or unconnected to it.
New Delhi said cases against students from Jammu and Kashmir has generated a lot of debate and concern among the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
“State government may, therefore, advise district administration to supervise the case at senior level and take a view on the charge levelled against them on merits,” the advisory said.
—PTI