9 expelled from Ghaziabad college hostel over thrashing of Kashmiri student

Moazum Mohammad
Srinagar: Nine students, including three Kashmiris, were on Friday expelled from the hostel by a private university in Ghaziabad in the wake of thrashing of a Kashmiri student few days ago.
“A 12-member committee comprising faculty and students found nine students guilty of the charges and expelled them from hostel forthwith,” a senior official of the HR Institute of Technology told Kashmir Reader over phone.
“Three of the expelled students hail from Jammu and Kashmir while the rest belong to Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and other states,” said the official who insisted not to be named.
Peer Omar, 22, was thrashed by his seniors for screaming after he touched a live wire in washroom. The incident frightened around 100 Kashmiri students studying in the institute who held a sit-in and protested against the university authorities for their inaction. Following the protests, the university authorities constituted a 12-member committee to investigate the matter.
Police authorities in Ghaziabad said they have started patrolling around the campus and were keeping vigil to avoid any untoward incident. The university’s director, Satish Kulhari, did not respond to repeated calls from Kashmir Reader.
In major part of this year, Kashmiris studying in different parts of India were harassed and beaten up by their local counterparts. In March, for instance, 67 Kashmir students were suspended by Meerut’s Swami Vivekanand Subharti University (SVSU) for allegedly cheering for Pakistan cricket team after they defeated India in the Asia Cup match in Bangladesh. Subsequently, the students were charged with sedition by the UP police. However, media’s attention and public outcry forced the police to revoke sedition charges. Ten Kashmiri students from the SVSU were later expelled from the college, though.
Soon after the incident, state government constituted a team led by National Conference spokesman Junaid Azim Matoo to visit SVSU and provide the students a sense of security.
But despite the state’s intervention, Kashmiris studying outside the state continue to face harassment. Only last month, three Kashmiri students had to face ire of drunken students for refusing to shout anti-Pakistan slogans in a Noida college. The incident promoted Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to blame UP government’s “unwillingness” to protect the Kashmiri students. Soon after the incident, the J&K’s Resident Commissioner in New Delhi was instructed to ascertain the facts about the case.
Meanwhile, reacting to the latest incident of thrashing of a Kashmiri in Ghaziabad, NC’s Junaid Matoo told Kashmir Reader: “It’s a sad incident and we are monitoring the situation. We have put in place a mechanism to redress the grievances of students. The Resident Commissioner must have taken necessary measure in this regard as well.”
Matoo said the Ghaziabad incident was a “matter of concern for the government”.