Two CUK students arrested on suspicion of ‘harbouring’ militants

Two CUK students arrested on suspicion of ‘harbouring’ militants
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Irshad Khan

Srinagar: Police on Friday arrested two students of Central University of Kashmir (CUK), triggering protests by students at the varsity’s Nowgam campus on Saturday.
Suhail Ahmad and Mohammad Ismail, both 3rd semester students at CUK’s Political Science department, were arrested by police from their rooms in Nowgam, the varsity’s PRO Arshad Meraj said.
Suhail and Ismail are residents of Shopian and Baramulla districts, respectively.
Meraj said that the varsity has taken up the matter with the district administration Srinagar and top police officials in the district.
As the news about the duo‘s arrest spread on Saturday morning, scores of varsity students took out a protest rally from the campus to Nowgam Chowk, a student told Kashmir Reader.
He said that the students carried placards and banners and raised slogans demanding the duo’s release.
Later, the students dispersed after the sub-divisional magistrate Srinagar and a top police officer from the district gave “in writing…that if nothing is found against them (the arrested students), they will be released,” informed Chief Proctor CUK, Prof Anil Kumar.
Prof Kumar said that the police officer told them that an FIR was filed against the duo.
“They did not say why the students were arrested,” he added.
Vice Chancellor CUK, Prof Meraj ud Din, quoted a police official as saying that there were “some allegations” against the arrested students.
“They have said that if there is nothing against them, they are going to release them,” Prof Meraj said.
Prof Meraj also said that the police had not disclosed the reason for the arrest of the two students.
A top officer in the J&K Police told Kashmir Reader, on the condition of anonymity, that the arrested duo was being investigated on the charge of “harbouring, transporting and giving shelter to” two active Hizbul Mujahideen militants on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday.
He said that the two militants whom the duo “accompanied” had escaped.
The officer said that some “incriminating material” was recovered from the duo’s possession.
“One is actively involved. The role of the other is being investigated. Let us not conclude anything. They are students also,” said the officer.