Meerut University Revokes Suspension Of 67 Valley Students

Meerut University Revokes Suspension Of 67 Valley Students

10 March 2014
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Bismah Malik

Srinagar: Meerut-based Swami Vivekanand Subharti University (SVSU) today revoked the suspension of 67 Kashmiri students. They were earlier charged with sedition after they cheered the Pakistan team in a cricket match against India during Asia Cup, which led to an outcry in the Valley. Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh Government has assured the J&K Government that the Kashmiri students will not be harassed at the university. Vice Chancellor of the SVSU Manzoor Ahmad has reportedly been invited by the J&K Government to Kashmir as a goodwill gesture. The VC had termed the behaviour of the students as disturbing and a threat to communal harmony. The students who were apprehensive about their safety have said they would consider resuming their classes at the university. “If the university authorities assure us and our families that we will be safe there, we will think about continuing our studies,” said Aijaz Ahmad, a student. He said for the last few days the media campaign had projected the students as anti-national elements and it could give rise to more hatred between the rest of the varsity students and them. “There should be no sense of alienation among us. Resentment towards us among the rest of the varsity students especially grew after the Indo-Pak cricket match. We maintain our position that we were cheering for Shahid Afridi and did not raise pro-Pakistan slogans,” Aijaz said. The 67 Kashmiri students were selected under the Prime Minister’s Scholarship Scheme started in 2012. Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir Government has deputed a special delegation to Meerut, led by National Conference leader Junaid Azim Mattu. The delegation met the university authorities and the Meerut district administration officials who assured them of the safety of the Kashmiri students and making up for the classes which the students missed.