JAMMU: Legislative assembly on Thursday witnessed uproar continuous assaults and harassment of Kashmiri students and businessmen outside Jammu and Kashmir, with the opposition parties lashing onto government for failing to ensure the safety of Kashmiris.
As soon as proceedings began in the assembly, opposition party – National Conference and Congress legislators stood up and protested against the assault on Kashmiri student in Ambabal, Haryana on Wednesday.
NC’s Ali Muhammad Sagar said, “The government assured us (in the House) that they will take necessary steps to curb such incidents but these incidents are taking place frequently. Yesterday a Kashmiri student was assaulted in Haryana. A few days ago two students from Rajouri were assaulted in the same state. There is no end to these incidents.”
The opposition demanded that the assembly should pass a resolution to urge the Government of India to prevent such incidents.
“Let the House pass a resolution to recommend to the President of India to take necessary steps to ensure the safety of Kashmiris outside the State,” CPI(M) legislator Muhammad Yosouf Tarigami said. The demand was supported by the other opposition MLAs. “Why these incidents are repeatedly taking place?” GM Saroori of Congress asked.
Minister for Parliamentary Affairs-Abdul Rehman Veeri, while responding to the opposition party, said the state government is concerned about the issue, adding that Jammu and Kashmir are in touch with Haryana police over the incident.
Shouting slogans ”RSS Hai Hai”, ”PDP Hai Hai”, ”BJP Hai Hai,” the NC legislators demanded action against BJP leaders Vinay Katiyar and Giriraj Singh for their provocative statements. “The government should rein in fringe elements,” Sagar demanded.
Apart from yesterdays incident in which a Kashmiri student-Mudasir Ahmad, studying B.Sc Radiology received injuries after a mob of local caught and beat him near the hostel room of Maharishi Markandeshwar University, where he is studying, just five days ago two students from Kashmir studying at the Central University of Haryana, Mahendergarh were assaulted by a group of 10-15 men on Friday, prompting an uproar in the assembly.