Many Kashmiri Students Studying Outside State Asked To Leave 

SRINAGAR — Students from Kashmir putting up in rented accommodations or hostels in Dehradun and Haryana have asked by landlords and administrators respectively to vacate.  

“I was asked by landlord to vacate,” Aqib Ahmad, a resident of Bandipora, who studies in a college in Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand, said over phone.

“I tried to arrange air ticket but it cost around Rs 17000. There is curfew in Jammu and highway is also not fully functional and as such option of retuning via road is unfeasible,” he said.       

Asked why he was asked to vacate, Aqib said: “The landlord told me to vacate fearing attack on his property due to the presence of a Kashmiri.”

Waseem Akram, a student from Kupwara, said over phone that Kashmiri students were asked to vacate hostels.

“Where shall we go? What is fun of studying here,” he asked and urged authorities to ensure safety of all the Kashmiri students.  

Another student Basit Ahmad from Haryana shared similar story, saying that he was called up by the landlord and asked to vacate the accommodation “instantaneously.”    

Government said there were some “minor developments” in Baba Fareed Institute of Technology, Dehradun, Maharishi Markand University, Ambala and Chitkara University, Batti (H.P.). In all three places, Liaison Officers worked with the Deans/ Vice Chancellors to ensure safety of J&K students,” reads an official statement issued here. The Governor directed that the LOs should continue to be in close touch with J&K Students and ensure their safety.

Ever since the deadliest attack on CRPF, students from Kashmir in Dehradun and several other places have been attacked, prompting former chief ministers of J&K Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti to appeal Home Minister Rajnath Singh to direct all state governments to ensure safety of Kashmiris including students and businessmen besides others as they “could be soft targets in a surcharged atmosphere.” 

"My earnest appeal to @rajnathsingh ji to please issue directions to all state governments to take special care in areas/colleges/institutions where Kashmiris are residing/studying. They are soft targets in a surcharged atmosphere," Omar tweeted.

Former Chief Minister and president Peoples Democratic Party Mehbooba Mufti also urged the Home Minister to take requisite measures so that minorities and especially Kashmiris outside valley aren’t intimidated or harassed by miscreants.

In her message, she stated that “while every person from Kashmir to Kanyakumari is grieved over the gruesome attack on CRPF personnel in Pulwama, there are certain elements in the country which are waiting in wings to politicize the situation and vitiate atmosphere peace and communal harmony.”

Ambala Panchayat Asks Villagers To ‘Evict’ Kashmiri Tenants  

A village panchayat here has asked villagers to evict Kashmiri students living in rented accommodation within 24 hours in the wake of the Pulwama attack, according to a video that has surfaced on social media. 

Half a dozen Kashmiri students have been shifted to the hostel of the MM University after the purported video appeared.

 In the video, Mulana village sarpanch Naresh Rana could be heard asking villagers to evict Kashmiri tenants.

The village head alleged that some Kashmiri students were involved in "suspicious activities".

"The villagers have been asked to vacate Kashmiri students from the rented accommodation... In case it is not done the person in whose residence such students are living will be considered as a traitor," the sarpanch is heard saying.   

Vishal Garg, one of the trustees of the university, located in Mulana said a few Kashmiri students of the university had requested him to provide them accommodation in the hostel.

 They had been provided proper accommodation, he said.

 Meanwhile, Superintendent of Police Astha Modi said the matter was being investigated.

 Around 1,200 Kashmiri students have been studying in various educational institutions in Ambala district while around 120 of them studying in MM Mulana University.



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