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2 U’khand colleges say won’t admit Kashmiris

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New Delhi, Feb 18: While several Kashmiri students from different cities have been slapped with sedition charges for allegedly supporting the Pulwama suicide attack, two colleges in Dehradun have decided not to admit those from the Valley, with students here saying they were in a state of fear after the incident.

The Jammu and Kashmir administration Monday asked students outside the state to not pay heed to any rumours and try to stay put at their respective places.

Dehradun-based Alpine College of Management and Technology, and the Baba Farid Institute of Technology have decided not to admit any Kashmiri students from the upcoming academic session.

Top officials of the two colleges have confirmed the development in separate letters shared with students’ unions, who have been demanding expulsion of all Kashmiri students following the attack.

In the Uttarakhand capital, some Kashmiri youths had also alleged that they were harassed and asked by their landlords to vacate accommodations fearing attacks on their properties in the aftermath of the Pulwama incident.

On Friday, a student in  Dehradun was also booked for allegedly sending WhatsApp messages supporting the Pulwama suicide attack.

The Jammu and Kashmir government on Sunday had asked its liaison officers across the country to look into problems being faced by students from the state.

In Jaipur, four female paramedical students of Kashmiri-origin were slapped with sedition charges after being suspended from a private institute for allegedly celebrating the militant attack by posting “anti-national” messages on an instant messaging app, police officials had Sunday.

They were students of the National Institute of Medical Science NIMS.

Haryana’s Swami Devi Dyal College has suspended a Kashmiri student after he allegedly posted a status on Whatsapp saying “Jaish the best…more to come”.

The student was suspended with immediate effect but no police complaint could be initiated against him as he is in Kashmir since January and has not been attending college, according to the institute’s management, .

In Bengaluru, one Kashmiri student was Saturday arrested for allegedly hailing the Jaish militant involved in the attack and three from Spurthy Group of Institutions on Sunday held on charges of sedition after they posted some messages on Facebook hailing Pakistan in respect to the Pulwama incident.

Several Kashmiri students in Delhi said they were in a state of fear after reports of alleged harassment of Kashmiris following the militant attack, even as police asserted that security had been enhanced in the national capital and they would ensure the safety of all citizens.

Two more Kashmiri students arrested in HP

Shimla, Feb 18: Two more Kashmiri students have been arrested in Himachal Pradesh’s Solan district for their alleged “anti-national activities”, police said Monday.

Pirzada Tawish Fayaz and Aakib Rasool of Kashmir were arrested Sunday night for their alleged involvement in “anti-national” activities, Himachal Pradesh Police spokesperson and Superintendent of Police (law and order) Khushhal Sharma said.

They were studying at the Dr Yashwant Singh Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry in Nauni of Solan district, popularly known as the Nauni University.

Sharma said that they were arrested on the basis of a complaint from one Neeraj Bhardwaj of Ber village in Solan.

In his complaint, Bhardwaj alleged that Fayaz had posted anti-national comments on his Facebook page, the SP said.

A few comments had also been attached with the complaint, the police official said.

Subsequently, they were arrested and a First Information Report (FIR) under Indian Penal Code sections 153 B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national-integration) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) was registered against them at Sadar police station in Solan, he said.

The matter is under investigation, the SP said.

The number of Kashmiri students arrested in Himachal Pradesh after the Pulwama suicide attack for their alleged involvement in “anti-national” activities has now risen to three.

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