Arrests Spark Protests In KU, Staff Locked Up

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SRINAGAR: Braving heavy rains students held protests in the Kashmir University on Wednesday against the arrest of a student of English Department by local police in connection with anti-BJP and anti-Yoga protests in the campus on the night of June 20.

Identified as Muzamil Farooq Dar, a resident of Kakapora tehsil of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district, he according to protesting students, was arrested by local police when they raided his residence at Sadrabal area outside Kashmir University on Monday night.

“We approached VC in the morning but he clearly told us that he is involved in some case and nothing would happen at this moment and then he went inside his office,” a group of agitating students said. “The cold shoulder by VC infuriated the students and they locked down Sir Syed gate and Maulana Rumi gate. The students also locked administrate block which houses VC Secretariat,” the reports said.

Pertinently, University students staged a protest against the proposed move of authorities to observe Yoga Day in the campus on Friday night.

Eyewitnesses said that hundreds of students from different departments raising anti government and anti-India slogans marched through lanes of the campus. They halted at different departments urging students to boycott the classes. “Students boycotted the classes and there was no class work in any department of the varsity,” said a group of students, according to CNS. 

The angry students locked administration block trapping the officials in their respective offices. The students also locked the Sir Syed Gate. Reports said that the police managed to break the lock of administration block only after five in the evening, till then the officials were holed up there.

Scores of people belonging to media houses were barred from covering the protest march and were not allowed to enter into University premises. 

The students demanded immediate release of the arrested student and threatened to launch an agitation in case he is not released immediately.  “The arrest of innocent Muzamil would jeopardize his career and his family had to suffer because of the harassment,” said the protesting students.  

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