Srinagar: Asserting that no FIR stands registered against students staging protests, Minister for Education, Altaf Bukhari on Wednesday said he will ensure that no students is detained in police custody.
Addressing students of SP higher secondary school during the annual day function, the education minister said they should make the institution be remembered for its contribution towards society rather than being closed for maximum number of days.
“After watching the performance by these students, for me something was going in my mind, are they same kids about whom I am everyday told that we need to close this school,” the minister for education said in his address during annual day function organized by the school.
“I Know what is happening around, your emotions are hurt. But how to express your emotions is more important,” he said.
“You should not be remembered for having kept this school closed for maximum number of days, but for having contributed to society for better causes,” the minister told the students.
He however, said the students have every right to protest against things they feel are not just. “But you need to change the way to protest,” he said.
He asked the students to refrain from throwing stones at public or their property.
“When you throw stones, you are tagged as rowdy. As long as you protest inside campus, I promise you that police doesn’t come to pick you here inside premises,:” he asked the students.
Earlier the minister said the student community was badly affected due to fear psychosis developed in the wake of braid chopping incidents.
“But I request them not to lose their calm. They should focus on academics and perform well in their upcoming exams,” the minister said.
He said it was a challenging situation that people have taken law and order in their hands due to which innocent people are bearing the brunt.
“It is a concern as culprits are still at large. Government is giving all efforts to identity these mischievous mongers and put them to task,” the minister said.
The education minister also said the journalism student of Kashmir University who was detained last year under PSA has been released.
“I am happy to announce that Tahir Mir of Bandipora who is a journalism student, was released yesterday and he is with his family now,” he said.