Condemn research scholar’s detention and Tahir’s killing: KUSU


By News Desk | Srinagar

The banned Kashmir University Students Union (KUSU) today strongly condemned the killing of Tahir Ahmad Sofi in district Varmul of North Kashmir and also the detention of a research scholar from the Kashmir University.

In a statement the union said that the killing of Tahir Sofi is part of a systematic escalation of oppression against Kashmiris, especially the youth. “Youth are the bulwark of Kashmir freedom movement and India is going out its way to oppress them into submission. But India must realize that its beastly oppression against Kashmiris will only embolden our resistance and thirst for freedom,” KUSU said.

It further added that the geo-political scenario may be in favour of India and its tyrannical hegemony in Kashmir at the moment, but it will not remain the same. “If anything, it is only going to change. History is witness to the fact that occupiers and oppressors have eventually crumbled under the weight of the pious blood of the martyrs. Indian occupation will suffer the same fate,” it said, adding that it reiterates the “support for the Kashmir freedom movement and denounces Indian occupation and its war crimes against Kashmiris.

The KUSU also condemned the detention of Basharat Ahmad, a research scholar, who was arrested by Jammu and Kashmir police in campus today and called for his immediate release.  Basharat, an environmental science PhD scholar, was detained from Kashmir University allegedly for throwing stones during clashes between the protestors and the government forces. The detention had sparked protests in the campus.

Eyewitnesses said that there was stone throwing outside the Mirza Bagh campus of the university between the youth and the forces. “Soon after the clashes ended, police came in the area and chased away few youth, who were not part of clashes, and nabbed them inside the residential quarters,” eyewitnesses said.

“The detained scholar was not part of any protest and clashes, and as soon as we came to know, we rushed to Nigeen police station, and freed him,” said Dr. Naseer, the proctor of the university.

The students started protests in the campus and were demanding his release. The Station House Officer, Nigeen police station said, “I am not aware of anything as I am on holidays.” Later, Basharat’s friends confirmed his release.

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