Uttarakhand (India), May 04 (KMS): In a bizarre move, some colleges in Uttarakhand have penalized the students of occupied Kashmir who left the institutions in the wake of Pulwama incident in February for shortage in attendance.

After the Pulwama incident in which 40 Indian troops were killed, the Kashmiri students had faced threats by the local mobs in Uttarakhand and some other Indian states, forcing them to leave for their homes.

“That time colleges refused to provide any security to the students and said they cannot control the mobs. Even the colleges had suggested us to return home for our safety,” said a student on condition of anonymity.

As per the students, they had earlier appeared in the exams held in December and gone for vacations announced by the colleges for January.

The students said after the Pulwama incident, they had no choice but to leave for homes but now the colleges are penalizing them for remaining absent from colleges for a month.

“Obviously, it took us time to decide whether to return to colleges or not. There was no assurance of safety given by the outside colleges or the authorities here,” said a female student who wished not to be named. She said penalizing the students under the pretext of “attendance shortage” was another form of harassment.

Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir Students Association has written a letter to the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand and sought his personal intervention into the matter.


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