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Kashmiri students allege assault in Noida; Omar says UP should admit ‘inability’ to protect them

Omar said he will send the state government's Resident Commissioner in Delhi to the University for ascertaining facts. Omar said he will send the state government's Resident Commissioner in Delhi to the University for ascertaining facts.
Agencies | Noida/srinagar | Posted: May 5, 2014 2:53 pm

Barely two months after 60 Kashmiri students were expelled from Meerut University for cheering for Pakistan team, three Kashmiri students from a private university in Greater Noida have alleged assault by fellow students, drawing a sharp reaction from the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister who said UP authorities should admit their “inability” or “unwillingness” to protect them.

A Kashmiri student, who is studying at the Nodia International University, said that a group of five-six drunk boys allegedly thrashed and abused them.

“They knocked at my door late night. When I did not answer, they barged in. They were five-six drunk boys standing outside. They started abusing us and then asked who amongst us were Kashmiris.

“When I told them that there were three of us who are Kashmiris, they started abusing us and thrashed us. This has happened before,” the Kashmiri student alleged.

The student alleged that the fellow students “asked us to shout ‘India Zindabad’ and then asked us to repeat ‘Pakistan Murdabad'”.

“When I asked them why I should do it, they abused us again and called me a terrorist,” the student alleged.

On Sunday, the Kashmiri students of Noida International University staged a protest after an altercation between them and non-Kashmiri students of Shiv Shakti hostel in Greater Noida. While senior police officers said no complaint had been recieved, they said a team had been sent to the spot.

The latest incident comes two month after over 60 Kashmiri students were expelled from a Meerut university after cheering for Pakistan cricket team during an Asia Cup match against India.

Reacting to the incident, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said on Twitter, “If the universities or state authorities can’t protect Kashmiri students coming there then man up & admit your inability or unwillingness.”

In a sarcastic remark, Omar said beating patriotism into these students would not remove any fear of sense of alienation among the Kashmiris. “Let’s beat patriotism in to Kashmiri students, why don’t we. Great way to remove any fear or sense of alienation among Kashmiris. Thugs!!!” he said.

Omar said he will send the state government’s Resident Commissioner in Delhi to the University for ascertaining facts before taking the next step.

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