SRINAGAR: Chairmen of Hurriyat Conferences, Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, have also called for a shutdown on Tuesday against attacks on Kashmiri students in Indian educational institutions and desecration of the martyrs’ graveyard in a Pulwama village.
In a statement, Geelani said, “The Indian media portrayed the NIT Srinagar episode in a way that made life of our students and business community elsewhere a hell. This media is literally waging a war against Kashmiris within and outside the state and if such incidents are not immediately stopped, it will have serious consequences.”
Geelani said after the JNU, Kashmiri students have been targeted in Jodhpur, Hyderabad and Jammu by “BJP-backed goons”.
Expressing anguish over the vandalising of martyrs’ graveyard at Kareemabaad, Pulwama, the ailing leader said, “It shows the true face of the occupational force. It is an indicator of their psychological imbalance.”
“India and its occupational forces want to erase every symbol of martyrs and the desecration of the martyrs’ graveyard is an inhuman act,” Geelani said.
Mirwaiz, while seconding the shutdown call, said, “It seems the right-wing extremist elements in India are hell bent on taking away Kashmiri students’ right of education and force them out of the institutions by assaulting and harassing them.”
“It is a serious concern for the people of Kashmir. Also it is the moral and legal responsibility of the state governments concerned and the government of India to ensure the safety and security of Kashmiri students,” he said.