Arrest of Muslim Students:’Chilling Effect Being Created In Jmu Campuses’

SRINAGAR: Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT) Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday strongly condemned the ‘selective’ police action against Muslim students of Maulana Azad Memorial (MAM) College Jammu.

In a statement issued to the Press, IJT President, Umar Sultan, while condemning the detention of Mohammed Israr, Rabnawaz, Fazal, Murtaza, Zulfiqar, Sheraz and Mumtaz, has demanded their immediate and unconditional release from police custody.

While demanding withdrawal of the FIR lodged ‘unfairly’ against Muslim students, the statement also called for necessary disciplinary action against the police officers who resorted to “dereliction of duty by selectively targeting Muslim students to satisfy the politically-motivated demands of the communal elements”.

The IJT, the statement said, expressed serious concern over the media reports that the FIR was lodged against Muslim students at the behest of some BJP Ministers, who had come in support of ABVP, the party’s student wing.

As per the statement, IJT President said, “the students in Jammu campuses are being subjected to worst kind of communal harassment and a kind of chilling effect is being created to scare away Muslim students from educational institutions.”

“It is unfortunate as well as highly unprofessional that Police have lodged an FIR against these Muslim students merely on fake news or a rumour of death of a student,” Umar added.

The statement added that the IJT warns against “attempts to vitiate” the peaceful atmosphere of Campuses across Jammu and Kashmir by “divisive and communal forces that are hell bent upon harming the communal harmony and geographical integrity of Jammu and Kashmir”.

“These alien tendencies are being imported to Jammu and Kashmir at the behest of forces who flourish in polarized society,” the statement said adding, “attempts are made to divide the society on religious lines to reap political benefits.”

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