Kashmiri students face tough time in India

Srinagar, January 29, 2012: The Kashmiri students studying in different universities and colleges of India particularly Madhya Pradesh (MP) have said that they are being forced to vacate the rented accommodations by the people of the Madhya Pradesh after the Ujjain shootout in which a Sopore student was injured.
The parents of several students studying in Madhya Pradesh told media men in Srinagar that the local residents of Indian state were asking the students to vacate the makeshift residences within no time.
“My son along with two other students was asked by landlords to vacate the rooms within four days,” Abdul Rashid of Pattan said. “The college in which they are studying is having no hostel facility. My son and other students have no alternative accommodation,” he added.
A student who is pursuing post-graduation in chemistry in MP said that they were feeling insecure and were looked upon as suspects. “They are not only asking us to vacate rented accommodations but also treating us as suspects,” he said, adding that be it travel to college or shopping for essential commodities, they were facing harassment.
After the shootout, the MP police are also subjecting the Kashmiri students to frequent checking. “My son told me that police are now off and on visiting their rented accommodations and harassing them on one pretext or the other,” said Manzoor Ahmad, the father of a student. He added that he was very much worried about the safety of his son.
The harassment started after a Kashmiri M. Phil scholar, Shabir Ahmed Malla of Botengo Sopore, was shot at and critically injured by unidentified persons at Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh on January 21.KMS