Kashmiri students assaulted for not chanting anti-Pak slogans
At least three Kashmiri students studying in a university in Greater Noida were beaten up for their reluctance to chant pro-India and anti-Pakistan slogans, triggering an angry reaction from Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, said media reports.
The students from the Noida International University, who live in hostels, were beaten up after they refused to chant the slogans, said reports.
The students said their complaints to the university authorities went unheeded. The varsity said the incident was a fight between students with no communal colour.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah sharply reacted soon after the incident over Twitter.
"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 tweeted.
"If the universities or state authorities can't protect Kashmiri students coming there then man up and admit your inability or unwillingness. I'm sending the Resident Commissioner from Delhi to visit the university in question to ascertain all the facts before deciding next steps," he tweeted attacking the ruling Samajwadi Party government of Akhilesh Yadav in UP.
Earlier in March, Kashmiri students studying at the Mewar University in Rajasthan alleged that they have been harassed by local students, ahead of the Indo-Pak cricket match.
Also on the eve of the India-Pakistan Asia Cup match on Mar 2, about 67 Kashmiri students were bundled back to their homes after they were rusticated from the University in Meerut, for cheering the Pakistani team.
But later, the sedition charges were dropped after Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah called upon Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.
(Posted on 05-05-2014)