Srinagar: The Kashmiri students of Maulana Azad National Urdu University have expressed anguish and disappointment over the “colonial charges” leveled against Kashmiri students on fabricated issues at AMU.
“Kashmiri students who were expressing their concern and peacefully discussing the new unfolding in Kashmir near Kennedy Hall were assaulted by some non-Kashmiri people. Kashmiri students exercised restraint and dispersed immediately but to their shock sedition charges were filed against 2 students and show-cause notice was issued to 7 other Kashmiri students which is an outcome of bogus media trial run by TRP hungry jingoistic Indian media channels and continuous vilification campaigns against Kashmiris by majoritarian Indian political parties vying for the consolidation of their power at the expense of innocent Kashmiri students,” a statement issued by the Kashmiri students of MANUU said.
“The charges against Kashmiri students were even refuted by PRO of AMU still the Kashmiri students are being targeted for no fault of their own.”
The statement said that Kashmiri students have always been at the receiving end of “hyper-nationalistic narrative of Indian state agencies” that continuously demonize and vitiate atmosphere against Kashmiris in the mainland India.
“Such campaigns of Indian media along with insensitivity of University authorities chokes the voices of Kashmiri students wishing to express their political aspirations which comes well under the ambit of freedom of expression and speech enshrined in the Indian constitution.
“Kashmiri students of Maulana Azad National Urdu University demand an immediate revocation of all false charges against Kashmiri students at AMU who are at the brink of losing their careers in face of severe security threats, intimidations and hounding by Indian security agencies and media, otherwise we will also be forced to leave our campuses and surrender our degrees enmasse given the security threats against Kashmiris and in solidarity with the 1200 Kashmiri students of AMU surrendering their degrees on Sir Syed Day. The onus of this action will lie on the concerned authorities.”