Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung has appointed a nodal officer to address apprehensions of Kashmiri students in Delhi. The directive was issued to the Delhi Police after Jung received complaints about the safety and security of students.
“Lt Governor’s office has been approached by some people that students from Kashmir are apprehensive of their safety and security in the city. In case there is any apprehension or any misconduct towards them, they should contact Taj Hasan, Special Commissioner of Police (Crime) who has been appointed as the Special Nodal Officer for addressing such issues,” said a statement from Jung’s office.
The arrangement is on similar lines as the one made for students from the Northeast.
In the wake of the Delhi Police questioning several students during their investigation into allegations of ‘anti-national’ slogans raised on the JNU campus, Kashmiri students in educational institutions in Delhi and surrounding areas have returned alleging harassment by Delhi Police.
“After the JNU row, more than 10 students of Jamia Millia University (JMI) felt unsafe because of police harassment and left the university,” said a student. Another said, “Our residential places have been frequently raided by the Delhi Police. They ask (us) about the JNU protest.”
Sources said the arrest of Delhi University professor SAR Geelani had only heightened apprehensions. “The pro-Kashmir event, after which Geelani was arrested, was attended by some Kashmiri students. This has made them more susceptible to police raids,” said a student.
Speaking to The Indian Express, SCP (Crime) Taj Hassan said no calls had been received since the number was activated. “The 1093 number is constantly manned and so far we have received no calls,” he said.