Bengaluru: J&K Students Association Wednesday said that authorities in Karnataka withdrew its order of profiling Kashmiri students.
National Spokesperson of the Association said that Association received several calls from Kashmiri students, wherein they said that Authorities in a number of colleges in Karnataka have started taking details of Kashmiri students. The details sought included current address, permanent address, email address, and mobile number, along with details of courses.
He said that they took up the issue with DGP Karnataka Police Praveen Sood and Bangalore City Police Commissioner Kamal Panth. They clarified that details of only foreign students were being collected and it was incorrectly assumed that details from students from J&K also need to be collected.
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The Spokesperson quoted DGP as having said that they have not asked for any such details in any of the institutions across the State. DGP assured that the state Police is committed to the safety and security of all students from Kashmir valley. Bengaluru City Police Commissioner Kamal Pant said that the police department stands with students studying in Bengaluru irrespective of their state of origin.
Quoting Higher Education Minister Dr C N Ashwath Narayan, student leader Nasir Khuehami said he also informed that, they have not issued any directions for collecting such details.
He however said, after intervening in the matter, it was found that the details have been demanded by the Internal Security Division (ISD) of Karnataka police since the beginning of February 2022. IPS officer from ISD confirmed that the details of Kashmiri students have been collected for years now in the interest of “national security”. (KNT)