Invoking sedition charges against Kashmiri students overreaction: PC

Invoking sedition charges against Kashmiri students overreaction: PC
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Srinagar, Oct 29: Peoples Conference (PC) Friday flayed the knee jerk reaction of the Uttar Pradesh government to invoke severe charges against the Kashmiri students in Agra and termed such measures a blatant violation of constitutional rights and an overreaction.

A statement of PC issued here said that the PC spokesman termed slapping of such charges as a blatant violation of constitutional rights and one-size-fits-all punitive measure that would be counterproductive in the long run.

“These students at best need counseling rather than being charged under laws meant for serious offenses damaging the integrity of the country and posing an imminent threat to public order. Punitive actions and harsh measures will further alienate young Kashmiris and will neither help reduce the ‘Dil Ki Doori’ nor create an environment of trust and friendship between Delhi and Kashmiri youth,” the spokesman said.

He said that slapping of charges against the Kashmiri students studying outside J&K were fraught with dangerous consequences as such actions would not only further the mistrust but also deepen the wedge between Kashmir and other parts of the country.

“States can’t afford to indulge in knee jerk reactions. States are defined by magnanimity and we hope the state of Uttar Pradesh shows magnanimity which incidentally is a rarity with that government,” he said.

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