With the J&K government finding it hard to pacify agitated students in Kashmir, Education Minister Syed Muhammad Altaf Bukhari on Sunday attempted to reach out to the student community by asking them to contact him directly to "end the crisis." He also assured that he would get all the arrested students released.
"Let students contact me on my mobile number 9419043087 or my email id: firstname.lastname@example.org," the Education Minister told Greater Kashmir.
He urged the students to resume their classes forthwith. "Staying away from classes would have an adverse impact on their academics. I am not sitting on any ego. I am ready to talk to them (students) anywhere, anytime. But they should resume their classes," he said.
"I won't allow anyone to harm students. I will get all the students released. But the students should not take their protests outside campus," Bukhari said, and reiterated that students have a right to protest inside their campuses to highlight their grievances.
"I again appeal students to resume classes as this is taking us away from academic work," he said.
He said the government has already taken a note of Pulwama incident and a probe stands ordered. "Pulwama incident was the cause for all student protests but action has already been taken," he said.
Pertinently, student protests erupted across Kashmir last month against the government forces' raid on Pulwama Degree College in south Kashmir. At least 50 students, including girls, were injured in the forces' action. Post incident, the government was forced to suspend class work in colleges for nearly a week.
Despite classes having resumed in all educational institutions, student protests have continued against the police action on students for their participation in protests.