SRINAGAR: Two Jammu and Kashmir students studying in Dehradun, Uttarakhand were questioned by the police for hours before being released, Hindustan Times reported from Dehradun.
The students were questioned at the city’s Premnagar Police Station about “suspected militant links”. Identities of the students were not mentioned in the report.
“Acting on the input from the J&K Police, we called the two to the police station for questioning which went for several hours. However, they were later released after police didn’t find anything suspicious from them related to the input,” the newspaper quoted an officer as saying.
The report further said that Director General Police (DGP) Uttarakhand, Ashok Kumar insisted that the questioning of the two students was part of an ongoing verification process.
“The students were asked to report to the police station as part of the routine verification process of students and people from other states staying in Uttarakhand,” said Kumar.
Nasir Khuehami, the national spokesperson of the J&K Students Association, said they have reached out to authorities back home after the two students were picked up by the police. It appears they did send an input that the two students used to “hang out with a person linked to militancy in Kashmir in their area.”
“Upon speaking to the police authorities in Kashmir it was found that they had come to know that the two, hailing from Kupwara district of Kashmir, were seen with some suspected elements in their area. They sent the input to Uttarakhand on the same asking them to find out more on it after which both were summoned by the police for questioning in the matter,” said Khuehami. He added, “Both were released on Friday after 16 hours.”