Srinagar: Kashmir High Court Bar Association on Saturday endorsed a strike called by pro-freedom leaders on Tuesday against beating of Kashmiri students in Jammu and outside the state.
The lawyers’ body also warned the state government against allowing a march by 150 BJP activists led by party’s National Secretary RP Singh from Delhi to NIT Srinagar.
The lawyers’ body held a meeting at Lower Court Complex here and the members expressed their solidarity with the Kashmiri students studying in NIT Srinagar and also in other colleges of India, a spokesman said.
He said the members also demanded appropriate measures be taken to ensure the safety and security of these students, who are scared to an extent that they have almost decided to give up their studies midway and return home.
Strongly condemning the beating of Kashmiri students in Viyas College of Engineering and Technology at Jodhpur by local students with the help of Rajasthan police and also at government Engineering and Technology College, Kotbalwal Jammu, and Ugananda College of Engineering and Technology, at Barnai, the spokesman said that the police has failed to provide security to Kashmiri students studying in these colleges.
“The Bar members also denounced the march of 150 BJP activists and stated that, if these goons are allowed to go-ahead with their programme, it will have serious repercussions, as Kashmiri people will not tolerate the conquering of NIT Srinagar by BJP activists at any cost,” he said.
The Bar also decided to request the human rights organisations of the world and the civil society members of India to stop BJP activists and other communal forces from carrying forward their communal agenda regarding NIT Srinagar and allow the students of the institute to continue their studies without any interruption from any group.
The lawyers body also requested the students of NIT Srinagar to resume their classes and not fall prey to the conspiracies and machinations being hatched by the “communal and tyrant forces” against them.
The lawyers’ body also announced to hold a meeting of the civil society members on Monday to discuss the matter further. Besides lawyers, the members of civil society include doctors, engineers, professors, teachers and journalists.
The Bar association also condemned the desecration of ‘martyrs graveyard’ and cutting of fruit bearing trees of the locals at Kareemabad, Pulwama, by the Army and demanded a high level probe into the matter.
“The Kashmiri people are indebted to these martyrs and they will not tolerate any kind of disrespect towards them by anyone,” the spokesman added.