SRINAGAR: Terming the hue and cry over the event held at Jawaharlal Nehru University on Afzal Guru’s hanging anniversary as “unnecessary” and “beyond the understanding”, Hurriyat Conference (G) on Thursday warned the university authorities of strong reaction to any action taken against the Kashmiri students.
“The hue and cry, which the university (JNU) authorities, VHP, RSS, and the ‘Indian Media mafia’ have raised against this small event is totally unfair, unjustified, and beyond the understanding of anybody. If the university authorities take any action against the Kashmiri students, this will not only negate the democratic claims of this country (India) but will also have a very strong reaction in Jammu and Kashmir. The Indian government will be responsible for all this,” Hurriyat (G) said in a statement issued here.
“As India is claiming to be the largest democracy in the world, this democracy should not only allow its people to raise their voices for their birth rights but they should also try to know and address the root cause of the grievances of the Kashmiri students.”
The conglomerate said it wasn’t the first time that Kashmiri students have organised such an event in any educational institution of India.
“This is not only a natural reaction to the situations in Kashmir, but it is also a constitutional, legal, and democratic right of the students to show their concerns.”
“The students (of JNU), have just raised slogans against the hanging of Muhammad Afzal Guru and in support for the freedom of Kashmir during the peaceful demonstration; no one was harmed during the protest.”
On Wednesday, JNU administration ordered a disciplinary enquiry into holding of an event on campus against the hanging of the Afzal Guru despite cancellation of permission. They said any talk about India’s disintegration cannot be national.
“The VC has told us that an enquiry has been ordered and based on the report, action will be taken. But we will approach the Ministry of HRD as well as the Home Ministry demanding that the students who contributed to this anti-national activity be expelled,” Alok Singh, president of ABVP’s JNU unit was quoted as saying by a New Delhi-based news agency.