Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah, has asked the West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee to look into the reports of a police circular asking colleges to furnish details on Kashmiri students.
Abdullah tweeted, “Dear @MamataOfficial can you please look in to this police order? Info gathering shouldn’t become harassment. Tks. Why are these students being singled out? cc @quizderek Police ask Kolkata colleges to give details of J&K students. (sic)”
His tweets came after Indian Express reported that Kolkata Police had sent circular to principals of all colleges in the city asking information on students from Jammu and Kashmir.
The circular read, “Please let me know that students, whose residential addresses is under the State of Jammu & Kashmir, studies in your Institution for onwards transmission to the Ministry of Home Affairs, North Block, New Delhi, Govt. of India.”
The note was signed by note was signed by the police officer in charge of intelligence at the police station in which the college falls. It was sent out to colleges in the last week of February when students were protesting both at JNU and at Jadavpur University.
Students in Kolkata’s Jadavpur University had allegedly chanted pro-azaadi slogans in solidarity with the JNU students. Many see this circular as the central government’s reaction to that development.