AGRA: Students from Kashmir at Aligarh Muslim University have been protesting for three days against the alleged harassment faced by them on campus. The protests started after a December 25 incident when a PhD scholar from Kashmir was allegedly thrashed by other students for requesting them not to play badminton at 1am on the hostel premises.
Following an “escalation”, about 150 students from Kashmir protested on the campus. On Tuesday, a purported video surfaced showing Kashmiri students being attacked by a group of men. In the clip, one of the attackers is seen brandishing a pistol.
A delegation of Jammu & Kashmir students association (JKSA) met Aligarh MP Satish Gautam on Tuesday and demanded “safety and security”. Following the meeting, the MP said, “The assault on Kashmiri students is highly condemnable. The vice-chancellor is responsible for the entire situation as he failed to take required action in similar cases earlier.”
JKSA has also written to home minister Amit Shah, demanding a “time-bound inquiry” into the repeated attacks against Kashmiri students to ascertain “facts and nefarious designs” behind the harassment. Nasir Khuehami, convenor of JKSA, said, “The AMU administration needs to initiate criminal proceedings against those who are indulging in targeted harassment of Kashmiri students.” Reacting to a tweet by JKSA, ex-CM of J&K Mehbooba Mufti tweeted about “inaction against hooligans harassing Kashmiri students in AMU”. A Kashmiri student, requesting anonymity, said, “This is the fourth such attack on students from Kashmir this month. There are over 1,400 students from Kashmir at AMU and we frequently face harassment. On minor issues, students barge into rooms of Kashmiri students and beat us up.”
Aligarh SSP Kalanidhi Naithani, said, “There has been no complaint so far. No one has been found to be injured and the university administration is looking into the matter.” Deputy proctor of AMU, Syed Ali Nawaz Zaidi, said, “The matter is being probed. Action will be taken against those seen handling weapons and creating disturbance on campus. The allegation that Kashmiri students are being targeted is wrong.”





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