Jammu, Apr 12: Filing of criminal cases against Srinagar-based NIT students for chanting 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' cannot be accepted in this country, AAP leader and Minister in Delhi government Kapil Mishra said here today.
As outstation students of NIT continued to leave Kashmir, Mishra met some of them here and backed all their demands, including withdrawal of criminal cases against them and ensuring full security.
"The criminal cases need to be withdrawn. Tight security of the students need to be ensured. There has to be a Tricolor in the NIT Srinagar. These are simple demands, which should be fulfilled apart for sacking cops involved in lathicharge," Mishra told reporters here.
"What they were doing? They were raising slogans like Bharat Mata Ki Jai for which criminal cases were registered against them. It cannot be accepted in this country," he said.
The Minister in Delhi's Kejriwal government questioned why "those people, who hold Tricolor, have been forced to run away from Srinagar." Mishra, who accompanied some of the NIT students to Delhi this evening, said "all those policemen who have lathicharged these students with brute force inside the campus of the NIT Srinagar should be removed from service".
He said he was in Kashmir for last two days and received students. "I received a team of students at the airport. I decided to come to Jammu as most of the students have decided to come to Jammu and leave Srinagar," he said.
"The career of the students is very important that cannot be compromised. All the criminal cases that have been filed against them have to be withdrawn," the Delhi Minister said. He said HRD Minister Smriti Irani has been saying that every central university will have a tricolor, then why not in NIT Srinagar.
"We have decided to provide them best possible treatment in Delhi as some of them have been injured by the police.I am going to Delhi now and we will ensure proper treatment for them," he said while talking about those injured in protests.
Mishra said "We will be with them at every place wherever they hold protest against government and ensure the double agenda of the BJP will be exposed," he added. "I am here as an Indian not as the member of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). I am not carrying the banner of AAP, I am carrying a Tricolor," he said. Mishra said "We appeal to the BJP and the RSS supporters that they should also come and join in their fight".