Seven IOK students suspended, professor sacked

New Delhi, February 21, 2019 (PPI-OT): In India, seven Kashmiri students have been suspended in Dehradun in the Indian state of Uttarakhand and a Kashmiri Professor was forced to resign in Jalandhar, the ancient city in the north Indian state of Punjab.

The action was taken after more than 450 Hindutva activists gathered in the campus in Dehradun and demanded expulsion of Kashmiri students, Registrar of the University RK Khare said. The protesting students threatened to leave the institute if the Kashmiri students were not expelled, he said. “We had to suspend the Kashmiri students to pacify the protesting students and stop them from leaving,” he said.

On the other hand, a Kashmiri professor, Salman Shaheen who teaches English at Jalandhar University said he was forced to resign. Professor Salman is a resident of Sopore, occupied Kashmir. “After the Pulwama attack, local students of the university were uploading pictures with harsh comments to which I commented that instead of using guns we should use language of love,” Shaheen told media men. The comments were; however, morphed in Photoshop and made viral over social media.

Shaheen said the students added “As you sow, so shall you reap” to his morphed comment. “But I never mentioned it in my comment. I posted that when blood of Kashmiri people is shed that time we should also promote it and we don’t promote terrorism, let’s not act blind,” he said narrating his whole Facebook comment.

This is the second instance after the suicide attack when a Kashmiri academician was removed by a university outside occupied Kashmir. Earlier on Saturday, a Kashmiri dean of a university in Dehradun was suspended after a crowd of Hindutva activists demanded his termination.

Meanwhile, several hoteliers of Agra city in Uttar Pradesh in India have put up notices asking Kashmiri tourists to remain away from their properties. On the other hand, The Coaching Centres Association of Kashmir (CCAK) terming the suspension and rustication of the students as a conspiracy in a statement in Srinagar offered free admission to the students expelled from the Indian states.

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