Concern at attack on Kashmiri students in Aligarh Muslim University
The Jammu and Kashmir Students’ Association has expressed concern over the attacks on students from the Valley at Aligarh Muslim University and said it has sought the intervention of Union home minister Amit Shah to protect them.
Nasir Khuemahi, national convener of the association, said there were 1,400 Jammu and Kashmir students in different courses in AMU and they were living in fear.
“They are being harassed and intimidated here. The university administration doesn’t listen to their problems. We have written four letters to the AMU VC (Tariq Mansoor) in recent months but they were ignored. We recently heard of a fourth attack on Jammu and Kashmir students,” he told reporters in Aligarh on Thursday.
“We have written to the home minister requesting him to form a special committee at AMU to keep a watch on the safety of the students from the Valley,” he added.
Khuemahi claimed that some students on the campus had recently used pistols and kattas (country-made revolvers) to threaten Kashmiri students.
A group of students from Uttar Pradesh had clashed with students from Jammu and Kashmir who were organising a dharna at the Centenary Gate of AMU on Monday against the attacks on them.
The students of Jammu and Kashmir demanded that the authorities chalk out a plan to stop “targeted attacks” on them.
Mohammad Jibran from Kashmir was attacked by some students from Ghazipur on the badminton court of MM Hall hostel on Sunday evening. He suffered injuries in his right hand.
Later that night, Jibran’s room was ransacked.