Srinagar (MUDDASIR ALI): Police in New Delhi has approached a university for questioning some Kashmiri students in connection with the protests at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) last month.
The latest development has created fear among Kashmiri students in Delhi who fear witch-hunt by the police.
A group of students, who spoke to Greater Kashmir over phone from New Delhi, said a police party had approached Proctor’s office of their University a few days ago to seek details about some students including Kashmiris.
“They (police) had named some students and sought cooperation for allowing questioning of some Kashmiri students in connection with the protests in the JNU,” a student wishing anonymity told Greater Kashmir.
One of the Kashmiri students sought by the police for questioning said that a few days ago he got a call from the varsity authorities asking him to present himself in the Proctor office.
“I was asked by the authorities whether I had participated in the protests at the JNU. I didn’t participate in the protests. But I was told that police had come to the campus and were looking for me and some other students for questioning,” said the student who is pursuing doctorate degree in the University.
The student however said the University officials assured him “full support”, saying they would accompany him to police station in case he was required for questioning.
The police move comes at a time when Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is negotiating government formation in J&K with BhartiyaJanta Party – the party that rules at the center and is in middle of the controversy for ordering action against student leaders of JNU.
Following the protests in JNU on February 9, many Kashmiri students from JNU, Delhi University and JamiaMIlliaIslamia University had returned to the Valley, fearing they might become target of police action because of their identity.
“The students are now under constant fear owing to the police move,” said another student.
He said students from Kashmir and other states have been protesting against the hanging of parliament attack convict Muhammad Afzal Guru ever year on February 9.
He said the Kashmiri students have been registering protests on different issues at JantarMantar in New Delhi from time to time.
“But the witch hunt by police is forcing many students to remain away from the Universities,” the student said.
Peoples Democratic Party said the move by the Delhi police was a “matter of concern”.
“Nobody should be harassed because of his/her name or place of domicile. “It is a matter of concern,” said senior PDP leader NaemAkther.
Last month, the PDP had claimed that Government of India had assured it about the safety of Kashmiri students in Delhi.
Opposition National Conference sought intervention of Government of India for stopping alleged harassment of Kashmiri students.
“This is not acceptable that they (Delhi Police) will harass Kashmiri students. On one hand the PDP has been saying they have ensured full protection to Kashmiri students and on other hand Delhi Police has started the witch hunt,” said senior National Conference leader Ali Muhammad Sagar. “This is not good thing and it will lead to more alienation in Kashmir.”