Zakir Musa row: Punjab university starts profiling Kashmiri students


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Srinagar: As per reports, a Punjab University has began profiling of Kashmiri students after three youths were allegedly caught with an AK-47 rifle and pistols in Jalandhar on October 10.

As reported by The Tribune, the Dean of University Instructions, Prof Shankarji Jha, has written to all departments on 11 October stating, “You are requested to provide information on Kashmiri students admitted to your department/centre/institute to the office of the undersigned latest by October 11 till 4 pm positively in the given format (hard copy) or through e-mail ([email protected]). The PU has asked for the name of the student, father’s name, class, address, and contact number.”

As per the report most of the departments have sent the details, as it quotes Shankarji Jha saying, “We have got the details of 50 students. Some departments are yet to respond.”

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On October 10, it was reported that three Kashmiri students were arrested from the CT Institute of Engineering Management and Technology, Jalandhar, for allegedly being members of militant outfit Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind (AGH).

Reports further added that during a search operation an AK-47 assault rifle, three Italy-made pistols, and explosives were recovered. According to the police one of the arrested students is a cousin of AGH chief Zakir Musa, who was studying engineering in Mohali and had joined the Hizbul Mujahideen in Tral in 2013.

In another controversy Kashmiri students facing harassment outside the state at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), has forced over 1200 students to announce that they will surrender their degrees if the administration will not revoke the actions taken against a few students.

The row started after former AMU scholar turned militant commander, Manan Wani, was killed in a gunfight with the government forces in Handwara area of North Kashmir on 11 October 2018.

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