A report compiled by Intelligence Bureau on ‘Radicalisation in Kashmir University’ blamed the faculty for the rise in number of students joining militancy, ET reported.
The state government has now been given the task to identify the ‘masterminds’ who are trying to radicalise students of University.
The security establishment fears that the youth from Kashmir University are joining banned outfits such as Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) and Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT).
The state government was also been advised to build a “strong counter-narrative” against the ideology of Islamic State.
According to a senior official, there has been no case of Kashmiri youths joining IS but security agencies have come across cases where Kashmiri men and women are getting attracted to the ideology of the barbaric terror group.
“The report was compiled only after taking note of various such instances (rising) in the valley.”
It is important to mention that a youth from Srinagar who was studying in Australia travelled to Turkey on Indian passport early this year and is believed to have joined the IS.
According to ET, interactions with the Centre and intelligence agencies will now be a regular feature where they plan to discuss radicalisation and sensitise the youth with the help of their family members.
Talking to TopYaps, Vice-Chancellor of Kashmir University Dr. (Prof) Khurshid Iqbal Andrabi rejected the report as false and asked the IB to come up with some “concrete evidences if there is some truth in it”.
“They have failed in their duties and now they are passing the buck on us. We are a learned society and we teach students here.”
When asked by this reporter on whether he will approach Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed about this report, he said, “Why should I? This is just ridiculous and I don’t feel it important to talk to the CM.”
President Kashmir University Teachers Association Muhammad Hussain too advocated the views of the Vice- Chancellor and called the report a hoax.
“We give best education to the students in our University. We make them good human-beings and and this is what we are getting in return . It is unfortunate and sad,” he told TopYaps .
When asked by this reporter about the protests in Kashmir University and the about anti-India and pro-Pakistan slogans in the campus, he answered, “It is happening everywhere in Kashmir. I don’t know why you people make an issue of it. Are protests not happening in different universities of India.”
In the past too the Kashmir University was rocked with protests on different occasions. In June this year, a student from English department was arrested on allegations of having links with militants.
The students boycotted the classes and started the protests demanding the release of the student.
Authorities then had to suspend the work in the campus for few days because of the protests.
Students alleged that the varsity authorities did nothing to ease the tension while the police used force on them. It is also pertinent to mention here that student politics is banned in the Kashmir University.