KU students take out ‘solidarity march’; condemn ‘hooliganism’ by non-local NIT students

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Srinagar, April 2 (GNS): Scores of Kashmir University students on Saturday took out a march in the varsity here to express solidarity with Kashmiri students of NIT who were ‘thrashed’ by their non-local counterparts.

The students today morning assembled in the varsity campus and raised pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. The students were carrying placards inscribed with pro-Azadi slogans. While expressing solidarity with their counterparts at NIT, they said that the ‘hooliganism’ by non-locals is ‘unacceptable and cannot be tolerated’. The students were holding banners and placards inscribed with slogans like “No NIT, No IIT – We Want Freedom’.

Meanwhile, the Kashmir University Students Union in a statement issued to GNS said that the “recent crafted episode” in National Institute of Technology (NIT) is a “glaring example of how, even the campuses and institutes in the Valley, are being colonised and made hostile for Kashmiri students by the Indian state”.

“It should serve as an eye opener for all, while the whole valley fears for the safety of their loved ones studying or working in India, Kashmiris are even not safe in their homeland. The hegemonic atmosphere created by the outsiders with the full support of Indian forces and establishment is an extension of the state policy of strengthening the occupation and control on Kashmiris,” the KUSU said here.

The KUSU said that the conversion of Regional Engineering College (REC), Srinagar into NIT was in itself a “planned conspiracy to get hold of educational institutes in Kashmir to create mini settlements of outsiders which will ultimately change the demography of the students joining these institutes in favour of India”.

“This loss of an engineering college and its assets has reduced the number of Kashmiri students joining to less than 20% what used to be a decade earlier. In a Kashmiri students’ perspective, the proposed Indian national institutes have lost the credibility given the fact that reformation of REC, Srinagar into NIT has robbed them off the previously prevailing opportunities, scope, freedom and safety,” the KUSU said.

The KUSU strongly condemned the “hooliganism and stands firmly in support of the fear-stricken Kashmiri students enrolled in NIT”.

“Rather begging for more Indian institutes, KUSU believes, our focus should be to develop and upgrade our institutes along with upgrading the quality education. Otherwise, in near future, all our institutes are bound to become experimenting laboratories for India’s Hindutva state,” it added. (GNS)