Protests in KU
Srinagar, Oct 5: Pro-freedom slogans were raised in the Kashmir University Friday as hundreds of students protested against the visit of Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi to the varsity.
Soon after the arrival of Rahul Gandhi to the Convocation Complex along with top businessmen of the country, postgraduate students of the varsity assembled in front of the building where some students were interacting with the VIPs.
What could be in the beginning heard as a buzz later turned to a strong protest with students suspecting the visit was mere political.
An hour after, more students appeared on the scene, a few of them wearing masks made of handkerchiefs, shouting anti-India, pro-freedom and pro-Pakistan slogans.
The protestors shouted “shame” to vehicles ferrying students who attended the interaction with Rahul Gandhi and the businessmen.
Pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan, pro-Mullah Omar and pro Syed Ali Shah Geelani slogans echoed the campus after Rahul’s departure.
“Rahul Gandhi, go back,” the protestors yelled.
While the mask-wearing students continued to raise slogans, veiled female students circled around. “It is good. We had to protest. The University has become a political place,” said a student.
Before dispersing to offer Friday prayers, the protestors shouted: “Yahan kya chale ga Nizam-e-Mustafa (What will work here is the rule of Prophet Muhammad (SAW)”.
According to reports, some protesting students were locked up in the Department of Law to prevent them from venturing out.
Students of various departments also boycotted interaction with Congress General Secretary and the businessmen, reports said.
Meanwhile, the banned Kashmir University Students Union (KUSU) condemned the visit of Rahul Gandhi and other businessmen to the varsity, saying they had come for “a political agenda” to Kashmir University.
The Islamic University Students Union has also flayed the university authorities for selectively picking up students in the business meet organized by Rahul Gandhi.
“They selectively picked up students for the meet who were strictly ordered to keep mum about the issues pertaining to the political nature of Kashmir. They were apprehensive that students might speak their emotions out,” General Secretary of the Students Union Mir Inayat said.
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