Kashmiri Students Nabbed Following Their Involvement In Anti-national Activities'
21 March 2003
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: Stoutly refuting allegations of the harassment of Kashmiri students in Utter Pradesh, senior Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader and member of the Upper House of UP, Mr Narinder Kashyap today said that three Kashmiri students were arrested following specific inputs from the various security agencies. 'Uttar Pradesh Police has specific information and proofs regarding involvement of some Kashmiri students in anti-national activities', Mr Kashyap said while addressing a press conference and added that following these inputs police conducted raids at various places and arrested three Kashmiri students. Mr Kashyap who is incharge of Punjab, Chandigarh and Jammu and Kashmir unit of BSP, strongly refuted the allegations that Uttar Pradesh Police has been harassing the innocent Kashmiri students studying in different colleges and universities of the State. He, however, assured that if the arrested students will be found innocent they will be released. 'Investigations have been going on', he told and ruled out any discrimination with any person. 'These allegations are baseless that UP Police has been unnecessary harassing Kashmiri students', he said and reiterated that arrests were made only after getting authentic information. 'Arrests of Kashmiri youth were made neither as a conspiracy nor to harass a particular section', he said and made it amply clear that it was purely a matter related to the anti-national activities. It is worthwhile to mention here that Special Task Force of Uttar Pradesh had arrested two Kashmiri youth namely Ejaj Hussain Jaan of Baramullah and Mehraj Hassan of Kupwara from Mazaffarnagar Bus Stand on March 10 and claimed that they were activists of dreaded terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed who were planning disruptive activities in Delhi. Anti-terrorist law POTA was slapped on these arrested youth. One more Kashmiri youth was arrested from Gaziabad. Mr Kashyap, who was in the winter capital of the State, told that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and vice-president of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Ms Mayawati will visit Jammu on March 31. Ms Mayawati will address one day cadre camp of the BSP workers. Mr Kashyap said that main aim of organising cadre camp was to strengthen party at grass root level and spread the organisation at every village. 'We have decided to strengthen party in Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Punjab and Chandigarh on the pattern of Uttar Pradesh', he disclosed and added that scheduled cadre camps will be first step in this direction. 'Similar types of camps will be organised in every northern states to broaden base of the party in these states', he said. Mr Kashyap said that BSP has started preparation for the Lok Sabha elections. 'Like Uttar Pradesh BSP will emerge as a force after Lok Sabha elections', he claimed. State BSP president, Mr Sewaraman and general secretary, Mr Hans Raj Chargotra also present in the press conference. Mr Chargotra later told that Ms Mayawati will address the party cadre at Abhinav Theatre. He said that besides office bearers 25 cadres from each Assembly constituency will attend the camp.