Srinagar: Intelligence sleuths have recently interrogated teachers and scholars at Kashmir University for their alleged role in instigating students against the state and preaching radicalisation.
Several faculty members of social sciences have been, so far, summoned by different intelligence agencies for questioning in the dean’s office. The questioning is taking place a month after sociology teacher Dr Rafi Bhat was killed along with Hizbul militants.
A senior faculty member of the varsity, wishing not to be named, told Kashmir Reader that the intelligence agencies summoned colleagues of Dr Rafi Bhat and they were put to sustained questioning for several hours.
Sources in the varsity said that the faculty members of sociology department taught were called by the dean of the faculty to her office where they were questioned for a couple of hours by intelligence officials.
“A faculty member was called to the Dean’s office and was informed that two journalists wanted to talk to him. After he resisted answering a few questions of the journalists, he was told that he will be summoned to the office again. The faculty member was later informed that the guys questioning him were intelligence sleuths,” the teacher who spoke to Kashmir Reader said.
A student of the sociology department said that on Monday, June 4, the state police’s intelligence department summoned two fourth-semester students to their Humhama centre. He said the students were interrogated for the whole day. “They are being questioned about Dr Rafi’s ideology and the reason why he picked up the gun,” the student said.
Students of the sociology department, in particular, are being harassed on the pretext of being questioned about Dr Rafi Bhat, he said.
Last month, intelligence officials had summoned one scholar at the sociology department and questioned him for the whole day.
Dean of Social Sciences, Dr Asifa, initially denied that she was involved in any questioning process or was even aware of such developments, but after certain details were shared with her she said she did not want to speak on the issue and dropped the call.
A top source at the varsity, who is privy to the developments, told Kashmir Reader that the intelligence agencies have tightened the noose around the varsity. “There is unprecedented surveillance around and inside the university campus,” he said.
Sources said that the intelligence guys during questioning made offensive remarks against the faculty members and accused them of instigating students in the varsity. The intelligence agents also accused the faculty members of preaching hatred and radicalisation to the students, sources said.
Two other students have been summoned to the local police station at Nigeen. A student revealed that during questioning there, the summoned students were asked questions about the congregation that the varsity students organized on May 8 in honour of Dr Rafi Bhat.
The banned Kashmir University Students Union had organised a day-long congregation in honour of the slain professor. It saw massive participation of students.
President of Kashmir University Teachers Association, Dr Muheet, said he did not know anything about the matter. He said the KUTA was never informed about such developments taking place in the varsity.