In occupied Kashmir, anti-India and pro-liberation protests rocked Kashmir University as the Indian Congress party General Secretary, Rahul Gandhi, and India’s top business leaders visited the varsity.
Hundreds of students chanting ‘Go Rahul go back’ and ‘Rahul out, Gilani in’ also sung the Pakistan’s national anthem amid pro-freedom and pro-Pakistan slogans while Gandhi was interacting with cherry-picked students at the Convocation Complex of the university.As the interaction was going on inside the heavily guarded complex, scores of students started a protest march from Alama Iqbal Library lawns towards the law department. In a bid to prevent the protest swell, the University authorities locked up the law students inside the department building and prevented them from joining the protesting students. Later, dozens of other students from other departments joined the march.
“Such events are aimed to Indianize the Kashmir University. Rahul and other Indian leaders are unwelcome here until India grants us our right to self-determination as Kashmir is a disputed territory,” said, Waseem Hakeem, a student of computer sciences department.
Another student, Suhail Ahmad, said that India was stage-managing such events to portray to the world that Kashmiri youth wanted their future with India. “New Delhi doesn’t want the world to see the reality of Kashmir demanding freedom. That is why they even cherry-pick the students to avoid questions on political dispute,” he added.
The campus was converted into a garrison with dozens of police and CRPF vehicles stationed just outside the main gate. Large contingents of policemen and troops were deployed on all sides. The main gate was closed for students and the faculty unless their identity was ascertained and belongings frisked by the men in uniform.
Rahul Gandhi had to use the rare exit gate of the complex to leave the venue as hundreds of students had blocked the front lawns. The students later on tore down the Congress party banners that were hoisted by the authorities at many places in the campus.