Assault on Kashmiri students in Haryana: LA witnesses pandemonium

Opposition alleges government ‘apathy’, stages walk-out; minister informs house about arrest of accused

Parvinder Singh/Jammu
February 4, 2018 TOP STORIES 221 Views
Assault on Kashmiri students in Haryana: LA witnesses pandemonium

Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly today witnessed noisy scenes, after opposition National Conference and Congress raised the issue of ‘thrashing’ of Kashmiri students in Haryana. They further accused the government of failing in protecting students from Jammu and Kashmir, studying in other states.
As soon as the proceedings of the House started, the National Conference and Congress legislators stood up from their seats and raised the issue and alleged that state government has utterly failed to protect students.
Terming the incident “unfortunate”, NC legislator from Khanyar Ali Mohammad Sagar said that the goons in Haryana have thrashed two students while they were returning to the Central University after offering Friday prayers.
He said the government had “failed” to ensure safety of students studying outside the state, adding that such incidents will further alienate “our students” from the rest of India.
During zero hour session, NC MLA Altaf Kaloo told the House that he received a message from students studying in Haryana University who were apprehensive about their safety.
“Speaker sahab, students have sent a message that two final year students of Geography have been beaten ruthlessly in Central University of Haryana. The students said their security is at stake as they were beaten for being residents of Jammu and Kashmir,” Kaloo told the House.
Speaking over the issue, Mohammad Akbar Lone termed the incident as shocking. He said that these incidents will further alienate the people of Kashmir towards the union of India. “State governments across the country along with Union government should ensure the safety and security of the students from Jammu and Kashmir,” he demanded.
Congress MLA from Inderwal also raised the issue of death of a 22 year old student Shakir Khandey of Jungna Keshwan (Kishtwar District) who died under mysterious circumstances in Haryana last week.
He said that over 3000 students from across the state are studying in various colleges of the country under Prime Minister Scholarship Program, but nothing like this happened earlier, what is happening today under BJP rule. He demanded probe into the death of Kishtwar student and called on state government to form a committee to look into his demand.
Meanwhile, minister for parliamentary affairs Abdul Rehman Veeri said police in Haryana have arrested three accused.
“On the directions of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Principal Secretary Home took up the matter with Home Secretary of Haryana and demanded action against those involved behind the assault of two Kashmiri youths,” he said and added that FIR No. 53/2018 under relevant sections has been registered in which three persons have been so far arrested.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, however, urged Haryana counterpart, ML Khattar, to ensure strict action against the miscreants.
“Shocked and disturbed to hear reports of Kashmiri students being assaulted in Mahendragarh, Haryana. I urge the authorities to investigate and take strict action,” she tweeted, tagging the Haryana Chief Minister.
Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, to whom the students had tweeted about the assault, said, “This is terrible and goes against the spirit of what PM Modi said from the ramparts of the Red Fort. I hope the authorities in Haryana act quickly against this violence.”
Later opposition members staged a walk out from Legislative Assembly to protest the “non-seriousness” of government to stop attacks on Kashmiri students.

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