IN the wake of student protests at Jadavpur University here against the arrest of JNU students in Delhi for alleged sedition, the Kolkata police is asking all colleges in the city to give details of their students who are from Jammu and Kashmir.
A note from the police, a copy of which has been obtained by The Indian Express, is addressed to the principal of the college and reads: “Please let me know that students, whose residential addresses is under the State of Jammu & Kashmir, studies in your Institution for onwards transmission to the Ministry of Home Affairs, North Block, New Delhi, Govt. of India.”
The note is signed by the police officer in charge of intelligence at the police station in which the college falls. It was sent out to colleges in the last week of February when students were protesting both at JNU and at Jadavpur University.
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Asked about the survey, Joint Commissioner of Police (Intelligence) Pallav Kanti Ghosh said that the information about the note is “authentic.”
Asked why it was being done, he declined comment. Senior police officers said that the request for these details had come from Central intelligence agencies which got the Special Branch of Kolkata police to get the details. “It’s an attempt to create dossiers on J&K students so that we can monitor their activities,” said a top police officer. “This is really something new we are doing for the first time.”
When contacted, a Union Home Ministry spokesman told The Indian Express: “Following the JNU controversy, the Centre had sensitised all states to take adequate precautionary measures to avoid a repeat of such incidents, and a general advisory was issued to all states.”