SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir government is sending its Resident Commissioner in New Delhi to Noida to look into yet another incident of harassment of Kashmiri students studying outside the state.
“I am sending the Resident Commissioner for Delhi to visit the university in question to ascertain all the facts before deciding next steps,” Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted on Monday.
The response from the state government came shortly after several various New Delhi-based outlets reported that a group of Kashmiri students studying in Noida International University in Noida were beaten up and forced to shout anti-Pakistan slogans by their local fellows.
According to the reports, around six students belonging to various private colleges and universities barged into apartment block in Sector Pi that serves as a common hostel for B Tech students of various universities at Noida. The students knocked at the door of three Kashmiris staying in a room and thrashed them after they refused to say “Pakistan murdabad”.
“Five to six students, all drunk, knocked at our door in the night. As I opened the door, they asked who among us was a Kashmiri. When we told them all three of us where Kashmiris, they started abusing us.
“They first asked us to shout ‘India zindabad’, which we did. Then they asked us to say ‘Pakistan murdabad’, but we refused to say so. And they started thrashing us and abusing us. It hasn’t happened for the first time,” the ‘Times Now’ channel showed a boy as saying.
“They (local students) called us terrorists,” he added.
Following the incident, around Kashmiri 100 students of the varsity have been shifted to a new hostel, reports quoted vice-president marketing of Noida International University, Utkarsh Chandra as saying.
The incident has occurred barely two months after 67 Kashmiri students were expelled by a private university in UP— Swami Vivekananda Subharti University— for having cheered for Pakistan cricket team in its match against India. The students were subsequently charged with sedition by the UP police.
The issue had caught attention of the international media, forcing the J&K government to intervene and make the UP government withdraw the sedition charges.
React sharply over the fresh incident, Omar Abdullah has blamed the UP government of being “unwilling” to protect Kashmiri students.
“If the universities or state authorities can’t protect Kashmiri students coming there then man up & admit your inability or unwillingness,” Omar said in a separate tweet.
“Let’s beat patriotism in to Kashmiri students, why don’t we. Great way to remove any fear or sense of alienation among Kashmiris. Thugs!!!.,” he tweeted sarcastically.