Protests erupted in Kashmir University Tuesday against the summoning of scholar Aala Fazili by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) as a student body threatened to launch state-wide stir against his “harassment.”
Reports said that hundreds of students from various departments of the varsity took out a protest march shouting anti NIA, anti India and anti government slogans.
Demanding that Fazili be released immediately, the students marched towards the Vice Chancellors secretariat to register their protest, the reports said.
The protesting students carried placards like “We stand by Aala Fazili, Go India Go Back, NIA Back Off and NIA New tool of Persecution”.
The Kashmir University Students Union (KUSU) while condemning the summoning of Fazili by NIA, termed it as “clear frustration of India”, and alleged that the NIA was being used as a tool to “strangulate the genuine voice” of the people of Kashmir.
Fazili’s summoning was a “clear pressure tactic to create a fear psychosis among the students,” the students body said in a statement, adding “KUSU stands by Aala Fazili.”
“Since India knows that the student community is at the forefront of freedom moment and are enough bold to challenge the illegal occupation, to curb this India is using NIA as a new weapon of war trying to intimidate those who resist.”
“We are in a fix to understand that Kashmir University being an autonomous institute, how did the Vice Chancellor and the Chief Proctor allow police officials from police station Nigeen to enter the campus to bring NIA notice,” the statement asked.
KUSU demanded immediate halt to the ‘character assassination’ and asked NIA to shun this “Machiavellian deceptive spells”.
“By summoning a scholar, India can’t cow down the students,” it said.
The statement said that if questioning of Aala was not stopped, KUSU “will organise state wide protests and government will be responsible for the outcome”.