Srinagar: National Conference (NC) Women’s Wing Monday staged a protest against the detention of Kashmiri students in Agra following the India-Pakistan T20 World Cup cricket match.
A statement of NC issued here said that the NC Women’s Wing President ShameemaFirdous led a protest march but was not allowed to step out of party’s Nawa-e-Subha headquarters in Srinagar following which scores of women functionaries staged a peaceful protest against the “excesses committed” on Kashmiri students within the premises of the party headquarters.
The protesting functionaries were holding placards demanding withdrawal of UAPA cases against the Kashmiri students in Agra.
The protesters rued over the misapplication of the charges against Kashmiri students as arbitrary and preposterous.
In her address, Firdous said that Kashmiri students in Agra had been given a clean chit by their college on their non-involvement in the alleged cheering.
“The college authorities have also confirmed that they didn't shout any slogans. Rather than taking the college assurance at face value, the UP Police are victimising these poor kids and their families. The innocent youth are being used as cannon fodder by the ruling party in Uttar Pradesh. The behaviour of the UP Police is unacceptable and deeply questionable,” she said.
Calling the slogan “making friends with Kashmiri youth” an empty rhetoric, she said that the proposition was farfetched in the wake of the ongoing “repression and undue intimidation” of Kashmiri youth.
“How can they be friends with our youth? The government is speaking out with forked tongue and the excesses committed against the Kashmiri students on one pretext or another defeat the hollow promises, which Kashmiris have been fed on since long. We condemn the atrocities against our youth and demand immediate withdrawal of cases against them,” she said. “It was unfortunate how advocates roughed up innocent youth in Agra while no action was taken against them. This intimidation and humiliation of our educated youth should stop.”