Srinagar, Oct 05: Scores of Kashmir University students Friday held protest demonstrations against Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi’s visit to the campus.
Chanting pro-freedom and anti-Rahul slogans, the agitating students accused varsity authorities of politicizing the campus by holding political activities inside the campus.
“Vice Chancellor Prof Talat is following double standards. On one hand, he does not allow us to hold student union activities while on other hand he every now and then allows mainstream parties to hold functions related to political activities in the campus, which affects our normal class work,” said the protesting students.
They marched from Iqbal Library to Convocation centre amidst chanting of slogans, “We want freedom” and “Go Rahul Go back”.
“We are not against bringing business tycoons in the varsity but politicians must be refrained from holding their political activities within the campus,” said a protesting student, wishing not to be named.
The students accused university authorities of allowing only selected group of students to interact with business tycoons of India.
“The university authorities had already declared that no Hurriyat and Jamaat activist would be allowed to take part in the program. I am neither a Jamaat activist and nor a Hurriyat member and despite this I was not allowed to interact with the business heads. I was denied interaction with Ratan Tata and others because I have a beard,” said a student, pleading anonymity.
The students said they had to face lot of inconvenience while making it to their respective departments within the campus. “We were frisked as if we were terrorists,” they said.
They said they met the same harassment when President Pranab Mukherjee visited the campus and classes were shut without any official notice.
Meanwhile, National Conference spokesman Tanveer Sadiq said the students were protesting against KU administration as they were not allowed to enter the auditorium to interact with business tycoons.
“It was an administrative issue as students were not given passes to interact with Indian businessmen,” he said.