Lethpora Attack: PDP Seeks Action Against JNU Prof

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by Umar Khurshid

SRINAGAR: Following the attacks and “communal hatred” against the Kashmiris outside the valley, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has now sought the action against a Jawaharlal Nehru University professor for making up “concocted stories and ridiculous allegations” against their party president and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti.

“This is a professor at #JNU making up concocted stories & ridiculous allegations against @MehboobaMufti  She does not stop at that, is also calling for public hanging of Kashmiris. We register strong protest and will initiate legal action against her. @DelhiPolice pls take note,” PDP wrote on their official twitter handle.

Two days after the attack on CRPF convoy that claimed the life of 49 paramilitary men in Lethpora area of south Kashmir, the professor of law, governance and disaster studies member, took to her twitter handle and wrote; “The RDX filled vehicle could not be checked as the 3 check barriers were removed by mehbooba mufti. Governor pl. reinstate everything removed by her. Mehbooba Mf. Should now hand over her 40 people for public execution if she really feels hurt for our 40 soldiers. culpability.”

Meanwhile, in wake of the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir and other states of the country, the Jawaharlal Nehru University research scholar and activist Shehla Rashid was booked for allegedly spreading rumours and fear on Twitter, by the Dehradun Police on Monday.

“#SOSKashmir 15-20 Kashmiri girls trapped in a hostel in Dehradun for hours now, as an angry mob outside demands that they be expelled from the hostels. This is in Dolphin institute. Police is present but unable to disperse the mob,” Shehla tweeted on Saturday.

Shehla tweeted, amid the reports of Kashmiri students, traders and private employees being harassed and assaulted in various states, Rashid in a tweet, said, 15 to 20 Kashmiri girl students were “trapped” in a Dehradun hostel, while a mob of angry people standing outside demanded their expulsion.

Soon after the news of an FIR to Shehla appeared, the JNU professor Amita Singh said the case against the social activist is just a beginning and there are many other FIRs pending against “hate machines” disturbing social harmony.

“Hope this is just the beginning of expose. Many other FIRs are pending against this explosive hate machine disturbing social harmony in campuses yet moving Scot free everywhere! Time now,” professor Singh tweeted.

Reacting to news of an FIR to Shehla, the former chief minister of J&K and NC vice president Omar Abdullah said that instead of Bajrang Dal and its convenor Verma, Uttrakhand police have shown they’d rather take sides than deliver justice by upholding the rule of law.

“By filing an FIR against @Shehla_Rashid instead of the Bajrang Dal & it’s convenor Verma @uttarakhandcops have shown they’d rather take sides than deliver justice by upholding the rule of law,” Omar tweeted.

In a tweet, the bureaucrat turned politician Shah Faesal has said that the case against the social activist Shehla will make the matters worse.

“FIR against @Shehla_Rashid will make the make the matters worse. @ukcopsonline please focus on real spoilers. There are still too many distress calls coming from Dehradun. An environment of peace and brotherhood can’t be built by shooting the messengers,” he tweeted.

Meanwhile, the Amnesty India, a unit of Amnesty International network, called it “absurd” to file a case against Shehla, and said when it is clear that Shehla was trying to draw attention to the threats faced by Kashmiri students in Dehradun.

“It is absurd for the Uttarakhand police to file a criminal case against @Shehla_Rashid for ‘spreading rumours’ and ‘creating panic’ when it is clear that she was trying to draw attention to the threats faced by Kashmiri students in Dehradun,” Amnesty India tweeted.

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