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

The student alleged that the fellow students forced them to shout 'Pakistan Murdabad'.

By: Agencies | Noida/srinagar | Published: May 5, 2014 2:53 pm
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.

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.

Two months back, over 60 students of Swami Vivekananda Subharti University in Meerut were expelled from the hostel after they had supported Pakistan cricket team against India in the Asia Cup match.

(With PTI inputs)

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  1. A
    abhinav sahu
    May 6, 2014 at 10:05 am
    how does it matter whether i respect stan or hate it for my nationalism?? this is ridiculous.
    1. A
      May 5, 2014 at 12:46 pm
      oomar abdulla should first admit his inability to teach kashmiri students in his own State. Why are they required to move out in large number in various cities of Uttar Pradesh. Why can they get alongwith any other in their own States. When abdulla family is ruling for more than 50 years single handedly who has stopped them for creating good infrastructure in higher education?
      1. J
        Jai Hind
        May 5, 2014 at 10:31 am
        Sunny Deol refused to chant "Hindustan Murdabad" in Gadar because he is a Saccha Hindustani. But why did the Kashmiri students refuse to chant "stan Murdabad"? Hmmm...
        1. K
          May 5, 2014 at 10:15 am
          Omar: simple conclusion: Start more colleges in J&K .
          1. R
            May 6, 2014 at 3:35 am
            India admits students from foreign countries including stan. Kashmir is integral part of India as much as Kerala, Kashmiri students have same rights as Tamilians & Benglies. They must feel at home in UP or Rajasthan, sons of BHARAT MATA. Sing Bharat Mata Ki Jai, HINDUSTAN ZINDABAD.Yah Zida bhi hai aur abad bhi apne bachon ke karan .
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