Kashmiri Student Rusticated, 3 Others Booked For FB Posts

SRINAGAR — A Kashmiri medical student was on Tuesday rusticated from the SGT University in Gurugram for posting alleged "objectionable" comments on the February 14 Pulwama attack while three others studying in Bengaluru were booked by the police.

A female second year student of Bachelor of Radiology and Imaging Technology (BRIT) was asked to leave the institute in Gurugram after her Instagram post on Pulwama attack that left 40 paramilitary troopers dead.

"I don't like this incident but if you rape Kashmiri women, use pellet guns, kill innocent people and make Kashmiri children blind with needles, what will you get?," Zaffar wrote on Monday.  

"This was not terrorist attack. This is returns of what you did with Kashmiri people. Use love not guns against Kashmir," her social networking site post at 1.44 p.m. on Monday said.

She also posted a photograph of the blast site and allegedly added "not 40, but 400 must have been killed".

She was asked to leave the hostel immediately. Meanwhile, three Kashmiri students were booked by police in Bengaluru over  “anti-national and derogatory comments" on social media regarding the Pulwama attack.

The trio are said to be pursuing a B.Sc nursing course from two colleges in Bengaluru city, according to a media report here.
Meanwhile, a man was arrested in Uttar Pradesh's Ballia district on Tuesday for allegedly posting derogatory remarks on personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on social media, police said.

A 19-year-old man has been arrested in Greater Noida and charged with sedition for his alleged anti-national activities on social media, police said.

Kids 'Ostracised', Kashmiri Doctor Mulls Leaving Kolkata

The Kashmiri doctor, who claimed he was asked to leave Kolkata following the Pulwama attack, is considering bidding adieu to the city after his daughters complained of ostracism in school and neighbourhood.

The doctor, a cardiologist who has been living here for the last 22 years, has claimed that a day after the militant attack, he was threatened of "dire consequences" if he continued to stay in the city with his family.

The Pulwama militant strike in Jammu and Kashmir on February 14 claimed the lives of 40 CRPF personnel and injured several others.

In spite of the threats, the doctor said on Monday that he would stay put after the West Bengal government came to his rescue.

The doctor's daughters, aged nine and seven, are students of one of the leading English-medium schools in the city.

Ananya Chakraborti, Chairperson of the West Bengal State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, who had been coordinating with the family and assured all support to them, said both the girls have been ostracised by their friends in school.

"The doctor told me that his daughters' friends are not interacting with them properly. I told him not to get tensed. I spoke to the school authorities and they said they will look into it," Chakraborti told PTI.

Some kids who go to school with the doctor's daughters, all of a sudden, have stopped travelling with them, she said.

The doctor also told me that some children even stopped talking to his daughters, Chakraborti said.

"We have assured all support. But this is an alarming situation which is being deliberately created ahead of the elections, with the sole aim of polarisation," she said.

The doctor, who did not wish to be named, could not be contacted as he is not willing to speak to the media.

He had said on Monday that he was heckled but he did not pay much attention to the threats he received initially.

However, his concern grew when some men gathered outside his residence and threatened to harm his daughters, unless he "returned to Pakistan".

According to the doctor, on February 15, a day after the Pulwama attack, five men aged between 20 and 25 years had come to his house after he returned home from his chamber, asking him to leave the city immediately and "go back to Pakistan as Kashmiris have no place in this country".

Teacher 'forced to quit for saying slain CRPF troopers were just doing duty’

A teacher of a reputed school has resigned after protests erupted over one of his Facebook posts, which did not favour describing the CRPF personnel killed in the Pulwama attack as "martyrs".
Chitradeep Som, a 36-year-old history teacher, said the school forced him to quit for his February 15 post, questioning the logic behind hailing the jawans as martyrs "as they were just doing their duty".
His stance on social media resulted in a huge backlash with many people accusing him of insulting the security forces.

Som said the netizens complained against him to the school authorities and his house was attacked on Sunday by a mob, forcing him to shift to a relative's place.

"On Monday, the school authorities asked me to meet them immediately. Thereafter, I was forced to resign," he said.

The teacher, however, stood his ground and argued that expressing opinion wasn't a mistake.

"I don't think I committed any mistake by expressing my opinion and I never intended to malign our forces. Only a portion of my post had gone viral on social media, and on the basis of that, my house was attacked, I was manhandled," Som told PTI.

He also said a complaint was filed with North 24 Parganas police, following the attack on his house.

The school administration, however, denied Som was forced to resign and asserted he quit on his own.

"We have been receiving calls and messages from parents and others over his FB post. They asked us why someone like Som was appointed as a teacher by us. We were afraid that the school could also be attacked and the safety of our students might be at risk," a school official, who did not wish to be named, told PTI.

He also said Som offered to quit after the situation was explained to him.

"He said he would resign as he doesn't want the school to suffer because of his mistake. We did not force him to resign," the official added.

A militant strike on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir killed 40 jawans on February 14.

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