March 2003 News

Mehbooba Seeks Advani's Help In J-K Student Issue

21 March 2003
The Indian Express

New Delhi: : With reports of harassment of Kashmiri students in some universities in Uttar Pradesh, vice president of the ruling PDP in J-K, Mehbooba Mufti, today sought Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani's intervention in preventing innocent students from being targeted. Kashmiri students have been reportedly facing ostracism after four of them were picked up by Special Task Force of UP police for links with ISI and terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed. Calling on him at his North Block office this evening, she requested Advani to step in and direct the UP authorities to ensure that no innocent student was harassed. 'Kashmiri students come to various universities to study and it will send a wrong signal if innocents are harassed,' Mehbooba said after the the meeting. 'I have requested the Deputy PM and he has assured me that he will do everything possible to prevent innocent students from being harassed,' she added. Asked whether she was planning to meet UP Chief Minister Mayawati, she said 'I have been trying for the past three days to seek an appointment with her, but nothing has materialised so far.' The PDP leader said: 'We should ensure that the students are treated well outside the state so that their is no further alienation.' Replying to a question on whether the state government planned to take up the issue with the university authorities, who had stated that results of Kashmiri students would be withheld until their verification came from the police, Mehbooba said that they had only heard of this. 'If this is true then the state police (UP) will have to get in touch with our government,' Mehbooba said. Asked about the fate of the four arrested by UP police, she said it was too early to comment on that issue. She had also visited Kashmiri students at Meerut.


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