Stop Harassment Of Kashmiri Students: Omar To Govt
18 March 2003
The Times of India
New Delhi: National Conference president and Lok Sabha MP Omar Abdullah has sought the immediate intervention of Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani to stop the harassment of Kashmiri students in Uttar Pradesh. The former Union minister said that the Kashmiri students studying in various universities at Meerut and Ghaziabad were living under constant fear of the police. 'I seek the help of your office to end the discrimination against Kashmiri students,' he said in a statement. Abdullah said innocent Kashmiri students should not be persecuted for no fault of theirs. 'The message to the Valley is not good and this could snowball into a major controversy, if not checked immediately'. He said the UP government was responsible for the safety of the Kashmiri students studying in the state, adding 'any wrong move can lead the entire nation into a problem.' He had sought Advani's intervention in the wake of reports that Kashmiri students were facing ostracisation after four of them were picked up by Special Task Force of UP police for links with ISI and terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed. Omar also demanded handing over the case of four Kashmiri students arrested by the police to the state government saying the state police would be in a better position to find their antecedents and verify whether they had any such alleged links.