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NIT Srinagar protests: VHP asks govt to spell out policy on anti-national activities

The organisation alleged that outstation students at NIT had been "humiliated" by "local jihadi students" and their supporters after India lost to West Indies in the T20 World Cup Semi-Final on March 31 and demanded their arrest.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: April 9, 2016 4:17:48 am
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Using the issue of trouble at NIT in Srinagar, VHP on Thursday asked the government to make clear its policy on curbing anti-India activities in Kashmir, rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits and abrogation of Article 370 that grants special status to the state.

The organisation alleged that outstation students at NIT had been “humiliated” by “local jihadi students” and their supporters after India lost to West Indies in the T20 World Cup Semi-Final on March 31 and demanded their arrest.

VHP’s International Working President Pravin Togadia also condemned police lathicharge on the non-local students and wanted Supreme Court to take suo moto note of it and set up an SIT supervised by it.

“The (outstation) students at NIT Srinagar were humiliated by the local Jihadi students and their supporters by saying ‘Pakistan Zindabad, Hindustan Murdabad’ in the NIT campus after India lost match against West Indies. Locals pelted stones on the students from other states. Obviously, any nationalist youth would react to this humiliation with a peaceful but united ‘Vande Mataram’ holding Bharat’s flag Tricolour,” he said in a statement.

“This was not a behavior against any law. In fact, the students who revered Bharat this way should have been felicitated. But the police resorted to lathicharge on the unarmed students from many states of Bharat,” he said.

He said, “The Union government should once and for all announce with utmost clarity as to what exactly is and will be its policy, vision and action plan for curbing anti-Bharat activities in entire Kashmir including POK. Government should also immediately rehabilitate Kashmiri Hindus in their own places with full protection. It is high time that the Article 370 be abrogated.”

Togadia added, “As per the old resolution by the Indian Parliament, the entire Kashmir including POK has been an integral part of Bharat. This has been pending for long and now with the new governments in place at the Center and J&K, Bharat has high hopes with no patience to wait any longer.”

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