IUST students, teachers, ‘harassed’ near IAF station

IUST students, teachers, ‘harassed’ near IAF station
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Irshad Khan

Srinagar: Students and teachers of Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) were allegedly abused and harassed by personnel from the Indian Air Force (IAF) Station at Malangpora in Pulwama, when they were on an assignment survey in the vicinity.
The students and teachers alleged that “drunk” personnel from the IAF station abused the students and teachers and asked objectionable questions from the female members of the group.
A group of civil engineering students of IUST along with two teachers, including a female teacher, had gone for a surveying assignment to a site in the vicinity of the IAF station at Malangpora.
As the students were busy in the assignment at around 1 pm on Monday, the “personnel with liquor bottles in their hands” “randomly” started an argument with them and started abusing them, a student said.
She said that one of the personnel “grabbed a student by his throat and placed a gun on his shoulder and asked others to pull the trigger”.
“They told the male students that ‘you have to pick up gun anyway’,” the student said.
She said the personnel abused the female students and teacher, which infuriated other students.
“In fact, they asked me for my personal information, which we refused. We told them to approach the varsity,” she said adding that the staff members somehow controlled the situation.
“It started with them, first. We thought they were patrolling the area. We were just doing our work,” another student said.
Students told Kashmir Reader that the varsity administration did not allow the aggrieved students to take a protest march from the university to the highway nearby.
“They held a protest demonstration inside the premises then. The university authorities assured them of action after which the students dispersed,” another student said.
A university teacher said that the students and the faculty who were part of the group were scared when they returned from the trip.
“The students wanted action into this incident,” the teacher said.
In-charge PRO IUST, Dr Aijaz Qureshi told Kashmir Reader that they would raise the issue with the concerned forces.
Qureshi confirmed that the students had lodged a complaint about the incident.
PRO Defence, Rajesh Kalia called the allegations against the air force personnel as “baseless”.