KU student freed after outcry
GK NEWS NETWORK
Srinagar, July 24: The Kashmir University student Peerzada Muhammad Iqbal, who was detained by police a few days ago, was Tuesday released.
According to police sources, Iqbal—a first semester student of the varsity’s journalism department—was released in the wake of student outcry in the campus for the past two days. The students have been continuously boycotting classes seeking Iqbal’s release.
“He (Iqbal) has been released,” a police official told Greater Kashmir, without divulging any more details.
Iqbal’s colleagues had described his detention as “illegal” and accused the J&K Police of “manufacturing false evidence against Iqbal.”
On Monday, postgraduate students from various departments gathered in front of Allama Iqbal Library and staged a sit-in to press for Iqbal’s release. The student held placards which read: “Stop harassing students; Iqbal is innocent we need him back; Prove concrete evidence; Stop illegal detention.”
The students later took out a rally and gathered outside the varsity’s Convocation Complex, where the KU Vice Chancellor, Prof Talat Ahmad had assured the students to take up the matter with Police authorities.
The police decision to release Iqbal has been hailed by the students. “The students are the pillars of nation. They deserve all encouragement and respect rather than any kind of disturbance. So it is good that police released him,” said a student, wishing anonymity.
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