Not only Kashmiris from across India are running back home, but several Kashmiri students have been suspended from their educational institutes, detained from residences, and arrested with the charges of sedition over social media posts after the deadliest attack on the paramilitary forces in Kashmir, which took lives of at least 49 CRPF personnel, and has sparked an extreme outrage across the country.
Many Kashmiris working or studying in different parts of the country became the target of the un-channelized rage from the authorities and people. Many were targeted on the basis of their “glorifying” and “objectionable tweets” in the context of Pulwama attack on different social media platforms, while there have also been cases where the mob, comprising of locals, forced the administration to take an action against Kashmiris. While a few were also showed the gate over social media posts months prior to the Pulwama attack.
The Kashmir Walla has compiled all the incidents of above-mentioned nature against Kashmiri students. This is a developing story and will be updated when more such cases come forward.
Four Kashmiri female students were suspended from the National Institute of Medical Science (NIMS), Jaipur Rajasthan on Saturday after they were allegedly “celebrating” the killing of CRPF personnel in their WhatsApp chats. The female students included Talveen Manzoor, B. Sc. OT, Iqra Jan, B. Pharma, Zohra Nazir, B.Sc. OT and Uzma Nazir, B.Sc. RIT; all from 2nd year.
On the morning of 16th February, Himachal Pradesh police detained six Kashmiri students studying in Chitkara University after tension mounted the campus when Tehseen Gul put up the picture of Aadil Ahmad Dar, the Pulwama suicide attacker, as his WhatsApp profile. He was booked under IPC section 153B (Imputing, making assertions prejudicial to national integration). However, the remaining five were released after questioning and Mr. Gul was detained.
In Dehradun, a student of Shridev Suman Subharti University was suspended on 15 February after his WhatsApp chat on Pulwama attack went viral. The student had allegedly written, ‘aaj tou inke sath real PUBG ho gaya,’ (PubG happened with them today) in a WhatsApp chat.
Another student, Rafi Hussain Buder from Dev Bhoomi Institute in Dehradun was rusticated over alleged “indiscipline activities”.
A mob forced the administration of Roorkee-based Quantum Global University to rusticate seven Kashmiri students, including 5 girls, over an Instagram post from last year, while stating the “destructive activities” in the issued letter to the students.
Basin Hilal from Aligarh Muslim University was suspended over his ‘objectionable’ tweet on Pulwama attack. Mr. Hilal is a student of B.Sc. mathematics and was also booked after an investigation.
Three girls, studying in Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI), allegedly made some adverse and objectionable comments on a Whatsapp group in which other students were also members. While fellowship of two girls has been stopped, admission of one other has been canceled, told the registrar of IVRI Rakesh Kumar.
Tahir Lathif, a 23-year-old engineering student was arrested on Friday after he hailed the suicide bomber posting his picture on Whatsapp status praising him. Mr. Lathif is a resident of Baramulla, presently studying at REVA University, Bangalore.
Two more students from Spurthy College Bengaluru, Haris Manzoor and, Gowher Mushtaq, have been arrested on the charges of sedition because of activities on the internet. One more student of Chinani College Bengaluru, Zakir Muqbool was also arrested, and charged with sedition over internet related activities.
Two students from SUSEC Tangori, Mohali, Adnan Manzoor, Azhar Bashir have also been suspended over “anti-national post” on social media platforms.