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Threatened, harassed by ‘radical groups’, students head to shelter home set up by J&K group in Landran

Two days after the Pulwama attack, several Kashmiri students who were allegedly harassed and threatened by radical groups in Dehradun were on their way to Landran in Punjab’s Mohali district Saturday.

Written by Jagdeep Singh Deep | Mohali | Updated: February 17, 2019 11:20:48 am
Threatened, harassed by ‘radical groups’, students head to shelter home set up by J&K group in Landran A shelter home being prepared for Kashmiri students at a flat in TDI City near Landran, Mohali. JKSO president Khwaja Itrat said they can accommodate 70-80 students. (Express photo)

Two days after the Pulwama attack, several Kashmiri students who were allegedly harassed and threatened by radical groups in Dehradun were on their way to Landran in Punjab’s Mohali district Saturday.

The Jammu and Kashmir Students Organisation (JKSO) prepared a shelter home (a cluster of rented flats where Kashmiri students live) in Landran to accommodate students from Uttarakhand and other regions.

Read: ‘We are living in fear’: Many leave campus in Punjab, others stay holed up

JKSO president Khwaja Itrat told The Indian Express, “We received information from Kashmiri students studying in Dehradun that some radical outfits had threatened them. A few of them wanted to come back to a safe and secure environment. We have enough accommodation for 70 to 80 students.”

Nasir Khuehami, spokesperson of the JKSO, told this newspaper from Dehradun on phone, “Around 40 students have left for Chandigarh by road. They shall be staying with members of our organisation in Landran. Kashmiri students in Dehradun are in a state of fear following threats by some radical groups.”

“The students are facing a lot of problems as all of them cannot afford airfare and trains are not safe. Many preferred to pool money to hire taxis,” he added.

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Yawar Amin, a student of a private institute in Dehradun, reached Chandigarh late evening. “Some local people were abusing us. We somehow booked a taxi and left Dehradun. But there are hundreds of Kashmiri students stranded there,” he told this newspaper.

“We spoke with our parents who told us that the situation was not favourable back home either. Hence they advised us to look for a safe environment,” he added.

Abid Hussain, a student currently in Dehradun told The Indian Express, “We have locked ourselves in our rooms. People are knocking at our doors and hurling abuses at us. We are trying to get out of this place as soon as possible”.

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