While several Kashmiri.students from different cities have been slapped with sedition charges for allegedly supporting the Pulwama terror attack, two colleges in Dehradun have decided not to admit those from the Valley, with students here saying they were in a state of fear after the incident. The Jammu and Kashmir administration Monday asked students outside the state to not pay heed to any rumours and try to stay put at their respective places.
Dehradun-based Alpine College of Management and Technology and the Baba Farid Institute of Technology have decided not to admit any Kashmiri.students from the upcoming academic session. Top officials of the two colleges have confirmed the development in separate letters shared with students' unions, who have been demanding the expulsion of all Kashmiri.students following the attack.
In the Uttarakhand capital, some Kashmiri.youths had also alleged that they were harassed and asked by their landlords to vacate accommodations fearing attacks on their properties in the aftermath of the Pulwama incident. On Friday, a student in Dehradun was also booked for allegedly sending WhatsApp messages supporting the Pulwama suicide attack.
The Jammu and Kashmir government on Sunday had asked its liaison officers across the country to look into problems being faced by students from the state. In Jaipur, four female paramedical students of Kashmiri-origin were slapped with sedition charges after being suspended from a private institute for allegedly celebrating the terror attack by posting "anti-national" messages on an instant messaging app, police officials had Sunday.
They were students of the National Institute of Medical Science NIMS. Haryana's Swami Devi Dyal College has suspended a Kashmiri.student after he allegedly posted a status on Whatsapp saying "Jaish the best...more to come".
The student was suspended with immediate effect but no police complaint could be initiated against him as he is in Kashmir since January and has not been attending college, according to the institute's management. In Bengaluru, one Kashmiri.student was Saturday arrested for allegedly hailing the Jaish terrorist involved in the attack and three from Spurthy Group of Institutions on Sunday held on charges of sedition after they posted some messages on Facebook hailing Pakistan in respect to the Pulwama incident.
Several Kashmiri.students in Delhi said they were in a state of fear after reports of alleged harassment of Kashmiris following the terror attack, even as police asserted that security had been enhanced in the national capital and they would ensure the safety of all citizens. A Kashmiri.student from Jamia Millia Islamia, who did not wish to be identified, said, "Just the fact that one is a Kashmiri, irrespective of his ideology or leanings, is enough to put one's life to risk. It is happening across the country. Kashmiri.students are being harassed and hounded, be it Dehradun, Ambala or Bangalore. We really fear for our security here too."
JNU activist Shehla Rashid, who hails from Kashmir, said, "Throughout India, mobs are attacking Kashmiri.students, verbally abusing them, asking for them to be expelled and filing false cases against them. The pretext being given in each case is that they said Pakistan Zindabad and even police are buying into these false claims." Anis Ahmed, a Kashmiri.student at Delhi University, said, "We are not at all reacting on social media to any abuses which are being hurled at us even if we are being labelled as terrorists. Students who are staying on rented accommodations rather than hostels are even more scared about their safety".
The Home Ministry on Saturday issued an advisory to all states and Union territories to take measures to ensure the safety and security of Kashmiris, while The ministry's advisory had come hours after Home Minister Rajnath Singh assured an all-party meeting of doing the needful for the protection of the Kashmiri.students and people who were allegedly threatened after the terrorist attack.
(With inputs from agencies.)