March 2016 News

Now, Kolkata Police Seeks 'details' Of Kashmiri Students

15 March 2016
Greater Kashmir
Shabir ibn Yusuf

Srinagar: After New Delhi, Kashmiri students studying in Kolkata are now under police radar, triggering safety concerns among their families in the Valley. According to reports, police have sought 'full details' of Kashmiri students studying in various colleges or universities in Kolkata. The move, they said, comes in the wake of student protests at Jadavpur University recently over the arrest of JNU students. A communiqué from Kolkata police to the colleges heads reads: 'Please let me know that students, whose residential address is under the State of Jammu & Kashmir, studies in your Institution for onwards transmission to the Ministry of Home Affairs, North Block, New Delhi, Govt. of India.' The note, according to the reports, was sent to colleges in the last week of February and has been signed by the intelligence wing of Kolkata Police. 'It's an attempt to create dossiers on J&K students so that we can monitor their activities,' The Indian Express quoted a top police officer as saying about the issue. 'This is really something we are doing for the first time.' Some students studying in Kolkata colleges told Greater Kashmir over phone that they are wary of their safety and security. 'The police action has disturbed us. It is for the first time police in Kolkata is seeking our details. We don't know what they are up to,' they said, adding, 'Our identity cards are being frequently checked and we are also being questioned.' On Tuesday, scores of parents called Greater Kashmir and expressed their concern over the police action. 'Nobody is caring. Our children are not feeling safe outside J&K,' a group of parents said. 'The J&K government under Governor's Rule must take immediate steps for protection of our wards.' OMAR WRITES TO MAMATA: Former J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah urged West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to look into reports of Kolkata police seeking information about Kashmiri students studying in the state. 'Dear @MamataOfficial, can you please look in to this police order? Info gathering shouldn't become harassment,' he wrote on Twitter. Omar also drew the attention of Trinamool Congress MP Derek O'Brien to the issue. 'Why are these students being singled out? cc @quizderek Police ask Kolkata colleges to give details of J&K students,' Omar added. On her part, the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee sidestepped Omar's request to look into a media report about police enquiring about Kashmiri students in her state but extended welcome to all people from the northern state. 'MATTER PERTAINS TO MHA': In her reply, Banerjee, also the Trinamool Congress chairperson, said the matter pertained to the Ministry of Home Affairs. '@abdullah_omar Issue related to MHA. But let me assure you, people of J&K are welcome. We assure them peace of mind to enjoy beautiful Bengal,' she posted.