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Three Kashmiri students arrested in Agra for 'anti-national' remarks

Srinagar: Principal Government Medical College Rajouri on Thursday terminated the services of an Operation Theatre technician over a WhatsApp status allegedly ‘celebrating’ Pakistan cricket team’s win over Indian team in Sunday’s World Cup T20 match, news agency GNS reported.

The report quoted an order to this effect by the Principal saying the matter was brought to notice by DySP Headquarters Rajouri as well as through media platforms.

As per the order, Safiya Majeed working as OT at GMC & AH Rajouri was seen posting a WhatsApp status “showing celebration of defeat of Indian Cricket Team against Pakistan in T-20 World Cup 2021, the activity which seems to be disloyalty towards nation”.

“No employee of this institution shall be allowed to be disloyal to the nation,” it added.

“As reported by HOD Gynae and Obst., the said engagee (Safiya) proceeded on casual leave for five days w.e.f 21-10-2021 and also failed to join her duties on expiry of said leave,” the order reads, adding, “no prior notice is required to be given to such employee for gross indiscipline in her duties.”

Subsequently, the Principal GMC ordered that the services of Safiya Majeed engaged on Academic Arrangement Basis under SRO-24 (now read as S.O 364 dated 27-11 2020) are terminated with immediate effect.

Meanwhile, three Kashmiri students have been arrested here for allegedly sharing anti-India messages after Pakistan’s win over India in the October 24 T20 World Cup match.

The administration of Raja Balwant Singh Engineering Technical College, which rusticated the three students on Monday, announced that the college would be shut down until action is taken against those who forcibly entered the premises on Tuesday demanding the arrest of the Kashmiri students.

Agra Circle Officer (Lohamandi) Saurabh Singh said the three students, identified as Arshad Yusuf, Inayat Altaf Sheikh and Shaukat Ahmed Ganai, were arrested late on Wednesday evening.

They were presented before a Magistrate today, said the officer.

The three students were booked after a BJP youth wing leader Gaurav Rajawat lodged a complaint against them for allegedly “shouting pro-Pakistan slogans and sharing posts related to it on social media” after India’s loss.

SP (city) Vikas Kumar said that an FIR is being registered at Jagdishpura police station on the basis of the complaint.

“Legal action will be taken accordingly,” the SP said.

He said that the police also received information that some people had ‘shared anti-national messages’ on WhatsApp after the match.

The students have been suspended from the hostel as well as the institute.

According to the notice issued by the dean of the hostels, Dr Dushyant Singh, the students were found to be involved in “indiscipline” by “posting status in favour of Pakistan” after the match on October 24.

“Therefore, the hostel discipline committee has decided to suspend all three of them with immediate effect,” a statement from the college said.

Chief proctor of the institute Dr Ashish Shukla said that the three Kashmiri students have apologised for their act.

The students had got admission in the institute under the Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS), which is available for students from Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

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