Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today asked Haryana government to probe “harassment” of students from his state in a university there, saying such incidents hamper the process of reconciliation between students of his state with the youth of the rest of the country.
“I strongly condemn the harassment of Kashmiri students in a Haryana University. The Haryana government should probe the incidents and ensure the safety of every single student from the state,” Omar, who is also working president of National Conference, said.
The chief minster said he would also want the Centre to take cognizance of the matter and not allow these incidents to create a perception of discrimination against students from Jammu and Kashmir in other states of the country.
“The Central government should take decisive steps to ensure that students from the state do not live with a sense of apprehension and anxiety in other states,” he said.
“Such incidents are worrying and should be probed impartially and transparently,” the Chief Minister said.
“While the probe is awaited and the facts will be established — any perception of harassment and discrimination is equally harmful given that we have thousands of our youth studying in various other states in the country.
“It is imperative that state governments and respective Chief Ministers of these states take proactive measures to restore a sense of security among students from Jammu and Kashmir,” Omar said.
About 12 students, including nine from JK, were injured in a clash between seniors and juniors apparently over jumping queue at the hostel mess of a private college in Haryana’s Yamunanagar district.
According to Superintendent of Police, Yamunanagar, Ved Prakash Godara, nine students from JK were injured in the clash at the hostel mess of a private college in Radaur town on Saturday.
“When the students had lined up for getting their lunch from the hostel mess, a 1st year student from J&K broke the queue after which some senior students, also from the state strongly objected to this,” he said.
“An altercation broke out after which some students from the third year and first year clashed, that also included some students belonging to Haryana and UP,” he added.
The SP dismissed reports that “outsiders” had entered the college premises and targeted the Kashmiri students.
“No outsiders were involved in this. Some people may try to give a communal colour to the incident, but that is not correct. It is true that some of the students involved in the fight were not hostelers and live in rented accommodation in Radaur town, but they are not outsiders,” he said.
A case will be registered after further investigations into the matter, Godara said.
The official also rubbished reports that the students from J&K studying in the college had “run away” from the campus and taken shelter inside a police station after the incident.
“There is no truth in this. About 60-70 students from JK are going home because of vacations as their examinations start from December 18. Remaining of the nearly 130 odd students are staying back. They are very much here,” he said.