Srinagar: Seven Kashmiri youngsters undergoing training under Udaan scheme in Chandigarh were sacked for showing solidarity with Kunan-Poshpora mass rape victims.
The trainees were working with Mohali-based Sebiz Company since January 7. On Tuesday, they came to the workplace brandishing black bands as a mark of protest. This irked their trainers who gave them marching orders.
Asif Hussain, one of the Kashmiri students told Kashmir Reader over phone that he and other students had not staged any protest but simply tied a black ribbon while attending their classes.
“On Tuesday morning we attended the classes with black ribbons tied on arms. Nobody raised aspersions. I even delivered the presentation in the class. When the shift of our batch came to an end, about 100 Indian students joined us. They also wore ribbons and began attending the classes in the same state,” he said.
In the following half, another group of students attempted to exhibit black bands. However, this time, the administration was jittery. The students were not allowed to sit in the classes with the badges on.
The students were shocked when the administration of the company handed over them marching orders while they were on way to hostel.
“No reason was mentioned for the termination. We were asked to vacate the hostel immediately. We had no option but to leave,” he said.
Project Incharge Sebiz Dharmveer admitted that he had terminated students for spreading awareness about the Kunan-Poshpora mass rape.
“Our company is meant to impart training. It is not for holding discussions on Kashmir issue”, he said while justifying the Company’s decision.
“These students motivated more than hundred other students. This is a matter of concern for us. We had apprehensions that they might attract more students (for the campaign). Before causing more damage, we terminated them,” Dharmveer said.
Unconcerned about their safety on their journey back to Kashmir Dharamveer said, “If they know how to attract the students for the protests, they should know how to reach home.”