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J&K college students defy radicals, hold music fest

J&K college students defy radicals, hold music fest

Author: M Saleem Pandit
Publication: The Times of India
Date: July 10, 2011
URL: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-07-10/india/29757538_1_music-fest-golden-jubilee-music-and-dance-programme

Srinagar's Government Medical College went ahead with its dance and musical golden jubilee celebrations on Saturday defying a fringe group of junior doctors detained for protesting the event in the name of "morality" a day earlier.

Police said three students were picked up from the college campus while distributing pamphlets titled "Golden Jubilee - Time to Introspect". The pamphlets asked students and the faculty to refrain from attending the music and dance programme in the name of "religion and culture". They asked students not to celebrate in the "tormented regions like ours".

Srinagar police chief Ashiq Hussian Bukhari confirmed the detention but refused to identify the three. "A decision has been taken and they may be released," he said.

Police said the three were detained for "preaching hatred against the college authorities".

Chief minister Omar Abdullah was the chief guest at the function that included cultural and musical shows. Around 1,500 alumni from around the world and the country participated in the college celebrations.

The Kashmir University authorities cancelled a charity musical programme for similar reasons earlier this week.

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