Srinagar, March 02 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, hundreds of Kashmiri students, who left their educational institutions in several cities of India because of attacks in the aftermath of Pulwama incident, are reluctant to return their institutes, which have asked them to resume classes.

Coordinator of the Jammu and Kashmir Students Association (JKSO), Mursal Banday, in a media interview said that in the aftermath of the Pulwama incident, the association alone facilitated the return of as many as 1,200 students who were expelled or asked to leave by their respective institutions.

He said that at least 21 students were either booked for their posts on social media over the incident or suspended by the institution. “Scores of others were beaten up at other places,” he added. The students, Mursal Banday said, were studying in different colleges in Dehradun, Mohali and Ambala in India.

The students have asked the authorities, specifically the divisional administration in Kashmir, to ensure their safety at the colleges.

“The authorities have to own us and ensure our safety. Our careers are at stake,” Arif Ahmad, a resident of Pattan in Baramulla district and pursuing B.Tech Civil Engineering from BBIT, Dehradun, said. He said his parents do not want him return to the college for now. “They want things to settle first,” he added.

Muzammil, who is pursuing Master’s in Geography at BFIT, Dehradun, despite the institution asking him to return, decided against it for now.

Asif, who is also pursuing masters in Geography, too has decided to stay back in the valley for now even as the college recently asked him to return.

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