SRINAGAR: For the third consecutive day, Kashmiri students in Dehradun were on the run from violent mobs, some of them hiring cabs to Chandigarh while others booking flight to Srinagar and Jammu.
One of the fleeing students told Kashmir Reader that on Sunday 30 more students in Dehradun booked cabs to reach Chandigarh, from where they were making arrangements to reach Kashmir. On Saturday, four students fled from their hostels leaving all their books and clothes there.
“We reached Chandigarh, and booked a Kashmir flight at Rs 8,300, which is more than Rs 5,000 of what we usually pay. But money does not matter, life does,” the student said.
The Kashmiri students came under mob attacks after the Thursday Fidayeen attack that killed 49 CRPF troops in Kashmir. A college in Dehradun also suspended its Kashmiri Dean after violent mobs threatened to set the college building on fire.
Now the same Dean is helping Kashmir students a safe passage to Kashmir and Jammu, with the help of Dehradun Police.
“On Saturday I sent 20 students, today 15, and tomorrow I am sending a group of 32. By 20th February, all JK students would have reached home safely. This was possible with the help of Dehradun Police and all possible assistance from the head of the Alpine Institute,” he said.
The terminated dean told Kashmir Reader that JK Police have been unhelpful in ensuring that students from Jammu airport reach their homes. He said the police need to provide them security cover. “I request them please to cooperate,” he said.