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One Kashmiri Student Expelled, Another Suspended For Offensive Facebook Posts on Pulwama Attack

The students made the alleged inflammatory remarks just hours after the attack in which 40 troopers were killed.

Anupam Trivedi | News18.com

Updated:February 16, 2019, 10:08 AM IST
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One Kashmiri Student Expelled, Another Suspended For Offensive Facebook Posts on Pulwama Attack
The scene from the attack site in Pulwama on Feb 14, 2019 (Image: Reuters).

Dehradun : A Kashmiri student was expelled and another was suspended from two private colleges in Dehradun for making alleged objectionable comments on the Pulwama attack.

A first-year student of radiology and imaging technology at a private medical college in the city was suspended after he allegedly commented in a FB post: “Aaj to real PUBG ho gaya (PUBG turned real today)" hours after CRPF jawans were killed in an attack in Kashmir on Thursday.

PUBG, also known as Unknown's Battlegrounds, is an online game where players in military uniform fight to remain alive.

The student, who made the comment while chatting with a fellow student on the social networking site, also made other remarks that didn’t go well with his friend, who asked him to apologise.

He later took screenshots of the chat and posted in the official group of the college. The screenshots soon went viral and sparked tension in the area, as a result of which several organisations protested in front of the institution on Friday and demanded action against the student.

The college issued a show-cause notice to the student and asked him why he should not be booked for his ‘seditious’ comment and also be terminated from the college.

“You are suspended as of now. You have been given a chance to raise your clarification in front of a probe committee,” the university registrar wrote in the notice.

In a separate incident, another Kashmiri student studying in an engineering college allegedly posted objectionable comments on Facebook hours after the attack. "Happy Valentine's Day to 42 CRPF d***" commented Musail.

The student is presently in his home state to spend winter vacations. The institute management has expelled him.

BJP legislator Rajkumar Thukral has lodged a complaint against both the students at Premnagar police station.

Meanwhile, heavy police force has been deployed in both the colleges and also in the vicinity of Nanda Ki Chowki – in the outskirts of capital where a large number of private colleges are located.

The police said they are keeping an eye on the situation. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Nivedeta Kukreti said, “The action (against the student), if necessary, will be taken as per law.”

Dehradun attracts a large number of students from Kashmir. “The police keep records of the students and ensures their verification regularly,” Kukreti said.

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