Condemning assault on teachers and students at Degree College Handwara by government forces on Wednesay, AIP chief and MLA Langate Er. Rasheed has said that students and teachers have every right to mourn death of Shahid Bashir, who was student of the same college.
In a statement, Er. Rasheed said “May govt. explain what was its policy to handle the situation after Shahid Bashir’s killing other than closing down all the education institutions in the entire district to stop protests against the killing. By doing so administration has proved that it has no regrets over the killing and doesn’t care if educational institutions would remain closed for weeks together, thus proving that govt. is deliberately playing with the carrier of the students” and added that “there is no justification of using force against students inside college complex at Handwara and ruthlessly disgracing and beating teachers in a shameful manner.”
Justifying the protests, Er Raheed said “students were within their rights and limits to protest over the killing of their colleague and govt. rather booking the army personnel involved in the killing seems to have turned so sense less that it didn’t want even Kashmiris to mourn death of their beloved ones.”
Er. Rasheed said that the government forces need to mend their behavior and understand that if they want people to feel pain of their colleagues in uniform, who get attacked in various incidents, then need to give respect and dignity to common masses and also realize that people have every right to express the anger against atrocities and innocent killings. Er. Rasheed warned district administration of dire consequences if it takes rights and sentiments of people far-granted and reiterated that administration will be made accountable at all costs.