Arrest of 2 Kashmiri students triggers protests

Arrest of 2 Kashmiri students triggers protests

Srinagar: Protests erupted in Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University on Friday over the arrest of two Kashmiri students by police following a scuffle on the campus.
A group of students told Kashmir Reader over the phone that a 6th semester engineering student from Kashmir was arrested after the scuffle between students from Kashmir and Poonch on the campus on Wednesday.
“Police arrested our batch mate without any fault. Our seniors from Poonch entered into a verbal argument with us on Wednesday. They abused and thrashed,” the students alleged.
They said a group of senior students from Kashmir tried to resolve the issue with their counterparts from Poonch in the hostel’s dining hall.
“The two sides entered into a heated argument and during the commotion a student from Poonch was injured. The police lodged a case against four Kashmiri students and when they went to court for bail they were thrashed by students from Poonch district and one of them was arrested,” they alleged.
Vice Chancellor Professor I A Hamal, without making any mention of the arrest of the two Kashmiri students, said the university has constituted a high- level inquiry committee to probe the incident.
“The university has disseminated strong message it won’t tolerate any type of indiscipline in the campus. Following the clash between students of B-Tech, a 6th semester student has been hospitalized. His parents have approached police for lodging a case but some mischievous elements are trying to make it an ethnic issue and trying to get sympathy. The matter is with the police and University has nothing to interfere as law will take its own course,” it said.
“No student is being discriminated and those projecting the issue as ethnic issue on social networking sites are befooling the people. The university will take stern action against the violators of the rules and regulations following the inquiry committee report”,” it added. No police official was available for comment.