Massive protest at Kashmir University over arrest of student

Massive protest at Kashmir University over arrest of student

While the students claim that Muzamil Farooq was arrested for opposing Yoga, police said that the Pulwama resident was taken into custody for alleged militant links.

Massive protests continued at Kashmir University Thursday with students demanding the immediate release of a student of English Department from police custody.

While the students claim that Muzamil Farooq was arrested for opposing Yoga, police said that the Pulwama resident was taken into custody for alleged militant links.

Continuing with their protests against the arrest, hundreds of the varsity students Thursday staged a sit-in outside the office of the Vice Chancellor.

However, bedlam was reported from the scene after a cop guarding the office fired in gun.

Officials, however, said the students attacked the office and engaged in massive pelting, following which the police resorted to baton-charge to disperse them.

However, a student who was also a part of the protest, contested the claim of the officials saying that the situation turned volatile after the cop opened fire at the students. 

Recalling the incident, he said some youth got angry after the university administration repeated the "same assurances after making them wait for two hours".

"We formed a human chain outside the main gate of the VC’s office to prevent the angry students from attacking the office. But all of a sudden a policeman on guard duty opened fire, leading to chaos," he said on the condition of anonymity.

While the students alleged that the authorities were not making efforts to release Ahmad, the public Relations Department of the varsity said that they held several rounds of negotiations with the protesting students, urging them to call off the protests.

“The call was made in the light of the fact that the Hon’ble Vice Chancellor had taken up the matter with the State Chief Secretary, Director General of Police and Inspector General of Police (Kashmir), seeking their intervention in the matter,” a spokesman said.

The students, he said, refused to call off the protests and without any provocation resorted to heavy stone pelting on the administration block and damaged the University property. 

“The University security chose to exercise maximum restraint to safeguard the student interests,” he added.

The University, the spokesman said, has suspended class work in its Main Campus until June 27th 2015.