Majid Kapra

CUK students demand release of detained colleagues

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Srinagar, Nov 12: Students of Central University Kashmir (CUK) Monday threatened to launch Valley-wide agitation in case their colleagues detained by the police last week were not released forthwith.

Carrying banners and placards which read “Release our brothers Suhail and Ismail”, the slogan-shouting students assembled at the Press Enclave here today and staged a protest demanding “unconditional” release of both detainees.

The agitating students threatened to launch Valley-wide agitation in case their colleagues, who they alleged were detained “illegally” by the police were not released forthwith.

It is place to mention that CUK students blocked Nowgam-Bypass road for hours as a mark of protest against the “arbitrary” arrest of two students by SOG on charges of being involved in militancy, from their rented accommodation past week.

“We blocked Nowgam-Bypass road last week and today we assembled at Press Enclave against police highhandedness. We demand immediate release of Suhail and Ismail, who have been implicated by the police on false charges,” said Adil Farooq, a protesting student.

He alleged that police raid and subsequent arrest of two CUK students from their rented rooms was aimed at pressurizing students.

The CUK student leader threatened to mobilize students of other universities to launch a “massive” Valley-wide protest against “unwarranted” police action.

“We don’t want to spoil peace here or confront the authorities, but as far as the arrest of our brothers is concerned, police has detained them illegally only to pressurize the students,” he added.

He said they are in touch with students’ unions of other colleges and universities to chalk out a comprehensive agitation plan.

“We appeal the authorities not to force us for confrontation as the students police have detained are innocent. Had they been involved in any militancy-related activity they would not attend classes regularly,” he said.

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