The alleged lathi-charging of outstation students on National Institute of Technology campus in Srinagar on Tuesday caused outrage across India with many dubbing the Jammu and Kashmir police as anti-national.
The news travelled with lightening speed with many mocking the state’s PDP-BJP coalition government of assaulting the students for ‘chanting Bharat Mata Ki Jai.’
The ideological opponents to the RSS and other Hindutva groups used the reports of the alleged lathi-charge to highlight the perceived hypocrisy of the BJP on nationalism debate.
The dominating theme of the twitter conversation revolved around how the students under the BJP ruled Jammu and Kashmir were being beaten for chanting Bharat Mata Ki Jai while outside the valley they bore the brunt of the saffron brigade for not chanting Bharat Mata Ki Jai.
Irked by constant questioning of their patriotism and being dubbed as anti-nationals, high-profile officers of Jammu and Kashmir Police have now taken to social media to counter that assertion.
Leading the fray was Senior Superintendent of Police (Crimes), Mubassir Latifi, who posted the following message on his social media page.
“#JKPolice doesn’t need any certificate of nationalism or impartiality from those whose valour doesn’t extend beyond their keypads. J&K Police is a saga of sacrifice and courage and has brought this State out of a madness called terrorism.”
Extending support to Latifi was another senior officer from the J&K police, Tahir Ashraf, who is the Superintendent of Police (Vigilance), Jammu.
Ashraf wrote, “The reaction of media and political activists over NIT Srinagar is perfectly justified… hope to see the same reaction when Kashmiri students are targeted outside the valley too. But in Kashmir certainly law will take its course. Before blaming JK Police, world must remind that it is the
#jkpolice which sacrificed lives to maintain integrity of country.”
Some on social media were also seen attributing rumours to police alleging that they planned to attack the students after the CRPF deployment was removed.
Many expressed deep concern over what they termed poison being spread by vested interest on social media.
Journalist Swati Chaturvedi wrote, “stop this communal incitement from anonymous handles trying to create riots!”
Please! Anons have no business trying to forment communal trouble! Let him/her take onus! Why hide & spread poison? https://t.co/N419ZwwTvP
— Swati Chaturvedi (@bainjal) April 6, 2016
Journalist Nikhil Waghle too felt that the crisis on NIT campus was an outcome of deliberate spread of poison in ‘our universities.’
He wrote, “NIT Kashmir is the latest example of poison spread in our universities. You know by whom!”
NIT Kashmir is the latest example of poison spread in our universities.You know by whom!
— nikhil wagle (@waglenikhil) April 6, 2016
Meanwhile, the three-member committee from the HRD ministry who visited the campus on Wednesday is expected to submit its report to Smriti Irani soon.