November 28, 2022


BENGALURU: Faculties in Bengaluru have reportedly been requested by the interior safety division (ISD) of Karnataka police to gather particulars of scholars hailing from Jammu and Kashmir, “retaining the interior safety of the nation in thoughts”.
Based on an electronic mail from ISD to the principal of a reputed establishment in Kengeri, the universities have been instructed to gather the scholars’ particulars in regards to the course taken, everlasting tackle, passport and visa information, participation in any strike/protest, and prison data.
DG&IGP Praveen Sood, nonetheless, instructed TOI: “We’ve got no such intentions or directions. But when any officer is asking for this, it’s not right.”
Calls and messages from TOI to the extra DGP (ISD) went unanswered.
On February 8, J&Ok College students’ Affiliation, a nationwide physique representing college students from the area in all states, had alleged that schools throughout Bengaluru have been asking Kashmiri college students for private particulars despite the fact that such info was collected throughout admission. College students from J&Ok mentioned they see this as an act arising out of their identities as ‘Kashmiri’ and ‘Muslim’.
Haneef Khan, a fourth-year scholar of a school in north Bengaluru, mentioned his instructor despatched him a kind that requested to specify if he was a ‘J&Ok or worldwide scholar’.
“Throughout an examination final week, a professor instructed me to submit particulars of all my addresses in Kashmir, Bengaluru, and so forth. Once I requested why, I used to be instructed it’s for routine administrative work, however they solely sought such info from Kashmiri college students,” Haneef mentioned.
A administration member of a school coming underneath the jurisdiction of Cubbon Park police station mentioned: “Two cops got here to our campus asking for particulars of J&Ok college students. We gave it in writing that we should not have college students from the area on our campus. We weren’t given any purpose for the verify.”
Engineering scholar Amjad Khalid mentioned his Kashmiri buddies finding out in different faculties have been being singled out for private information. “I discover it puzzling as a result of my tackle is on the again of my ID card. The school takes all these particulars throughout enrolment, so that they don’t must ask us to furnish them once more,” he mentioned.
When TOI approached a school on the difficulty, a college member mentioned the authorities have been accumulating information from all college students for functions associated to NAAC analysis. He mentioned the school was solely asking first-year college students for his or her particulars, and J&Ok college students have been in focus as a result of they “come by a particular authorities quota”. Nevertheless, Nasir Khuehami, founder and nationwide spokesperson of J&Ok College students’ Affiliation, mentioned the ‘particular quota’ was abrogated with the revocation of Article 370 in 2019. “There may be an ongoing scheme since 2011 underneath which scholarships are given to about 5,000 college students from J&Ok, however no particular quota exists,” he mentioned.



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