Centre has set a wrong precedence: Omar

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Former chief minister Omar Abdullah Wedneday said that a wrong precedent has been set by having central forces and special teams from HRD ministry brought in. 

“We tend to take these things out of proportions,” Omar said in an interview with the Indian Express.” Campus skirmishes are not unheard of, and as with JNU, the matter should have been left to the institute authorities to resolve.”

“By bringing in extraneous elements, both security and administrative, we have created a situation with its own dynamics where politicians and wannabe politicians are now getting in,” he added.

Omar said that his bigger worry was Kashmiri students studying elsewhere. “Will we see calls to governors and CMs from the union home minister, PMO getting involved, HRD ministry sending special teams, CRPF being deployed when Kashmiri students are harassed elsewhere? In Rajasthan recently, it were the Kashmiri kids who were instead arrested on charges of eating meat. How do you justify this uneven response for Kashmiri students and for non-Kashmiri students,” Omar wondered.

The government, Omar said,needs to get a grip on the situation and cooler heads should prevail. Let the authorities close NIT for a couple of weeks, get the hostels vacate and let the tempers calm down. This is not unique. Such options have been exercised earlier so that things settle down.

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