KU students protest:Demand release of journalism student

Kashmir University students Tuesday took out a protest rally, seeking intervention of Vice Chancellor in ensuring release of Tahir Hussain Mir, a student of journalism.
KU students protest:Demand release of journalism student
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Kashmir University students Tuesday took out a protest rally, seeking intervention of Vice Chancellor in ensuring release of Tahir Hussain Mir, a student of journalism.

A group of students assembled at Kashmir University campus and took out protest rally against the continuous detention of Mir. They threatened to intensify protests in case Mir was not released within next three days.

Mir, a student enrolled in Media Education Research Centre (MERC) Kashmir University, is detained under Public Safety Act (PSA) and lodged in Srinagar Central jail from past six months.

"We appeal V-C to take up the matter with the higher authorities to ensure Tahir's release so that he can resume his studies," said the protesting students.

Tahir was arrested from his residence during summer uprising last year. He was first lodged in Kot Balwal Jail in Jammu and later shifted to Central Jail Srinagar for his first semester exams on court orders. 13 FIRs have been registered against him on charges of "stone-throwing and disrupting law and order and for organizing pro-freedom rallies" in Bandipora town.

Tahir has already missed his second semester examinations due to "prolonged" detention, said his family members. Tahir was recently sacked from his job in the State Education Services where he worked as a laboratory bearer, they said.

The KU students staged a sit-in outside the V-C office. However, the KU V-C Prof Khurshid Iqbal Andrabi was not present in the office as he had to attend a function in SP College. 

Mir's friends spoke about hardships of his family and his struggle to pursue higher educations.

" Tahir is son of a police constable who was killed in the line of duty. He was slapped PSA on false and fabricated charges," they alleged."

The students also expressed resentment over the "handcuffing" of Mir by police when he was brought to examination centre.

"As per Supreme Court directions, hand cuffing can be used in rare cases. A person is hand cuffed when there are apprehensions of 'ultimate danger' from accused but there is no such case with Tahir," they said.

"We are giving a-three-day ultimatum to KU authorities to immediately seek release of Tahir otherwise we will sit go on indefinite strike in the KU campus," the protestors said.

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