Bhopal Police have arrested a Kashmiri student who was part of the tour sponsored by Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agriculture Science and Technology (SKUAST) Srinagar.
After his detention, the student, according to local news agency CNS, "has been sent to judicial (custody) while the authorities here in SKUAST have brought the issue to the notice of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Kashmir Police Chief Munir Ahmed Khan."
SKUAST sources told CNS that a group of 24 B Tech students including 17 females had gone to Bhopal, Maharashtra and Haryana for 3-month training course.
"After completing their training course, on January 31, the students boarded a train from Bhopal to Delhi. In the AC coach-12155, a local woman first questioned them asking them why such a large number Kashmiris were travelling in the train," it said.
"The woman clicked a photograph of their five kg gas cylinder which they were carrying. The woman tweeted that photograph with caption 'Dozens of Kashmiris carrying a bomb in Delhi-bound Bhopal train," CNS quoted some students, who were part of the tour, as saying.
"They said that railway authorities let them off after advising them not to carry gas cylinders next time in the train, but as soon as the train reached Vidisha Railway Station, the cops from Habib Gunj Police Station directed them to alight from the train," CNS said.
The news agency quoted students as saying, "We all were paraded and photographed. The cops after questioning, detained one of our fellow students and lodged him at Habibgunj Police Station."
"The aggrieved students identified the detained student as Muhammad Idress of South Kashmir's Anantnag district.
"The aggrieved students said that after approaching police station they came to know that Idrees has been produced before a court and sent to judicial custody.
"We were harassed and abused. The locals as well as police labeled us terrorists. The pseudo nationalist woman who tweeted the photograph with misleading caption abused us even in front of the police and other locals."
Back in SKUAST, the authorities have expressed anguish over the incident.
When contacted, Vice Chancellor, SKUAST, Professor Nazir Ahmed told CNS the incident has sent shock waves among the students as well as staffers.
"We have already dispatched a four-member team including HoD, students welfare officer and a senior scientist to Bhopal Madhya Pradesh to raise the issue with Ministry for Home Affairs as well as Union Agriculture Ministry.
"We have even brought the issue to the notice of Jammu Kashmir Chief Minister and ADGP who is serving as IGP Kashmir as well," he said.