SRINAGAR: Independent legislator Abdul Rasheed called Jammu and Kashmir Police as ‘baygairat (spineless)’, accusing it of denying him a copy of the FIR he supposed might have been filed in the murderous assault on a courier by non-local students at the NIT on Friday.
The non-resident students had beaten local students, teachers and vandalized the property at the NIT campus after the India lost to West-Indies in the T20 world cup semifinal. Many students, teachers and a courier boy had been injured.
‘Told them won’t say bharat mata ki jai even if you kill me’
On Friday afternoon, when I was delivering parcels at the NIT, a non-local student stopped me. He asked about my identity. While I was telling him that I am a courier and have come to deliver parcels, four others joined him. One in the group asked another to bring a chair. I was asked to climb on it and shout ‘bharat mata ki jai’. I politely refused telling them that I cannot shout it even at the cost of my life but they responded with abuses. When I asked them to stop, one of them hit me on my head with a bat. I fell on the ground, where one of them stabbed me with a piece of broken glass. I was taken to SKIMS by the police where I was operated upon. I had injuries in my head and arm.
On the same day I went to file an FIR at the Nigeen police station. I was assured by the Station House Officer that he will register my complaint. Next day, the SHO was not at the police station. I was told by policemen there that action will be taken against the students as the matter is being investigated. Today (Sunday) is the third day since the attack on me took place but still I don’t know whether FIR has been filed or not.
Non-local students had resorted to violence after Kashmiri students celebrated India’s loss, with traditional anti-India slogans.
Following the incident, the institute remained closed for two days. It will open on Monday.
Talking to reporters, Rasheed said, he had visited Nigeen Police Station for a copy of the FIR.
“First the SHO denied that the courier had been injured. He became speechless after I gave him his details. When I sought the FIR report, he declined. Police who have been receiving appreciations from RSS and other right wing Hindu organisations for attacking Kashmiris in their own land have given a free hand to assailants,” Rasheed said.
Rasheed called non-resident students as “goons” and demanded an FIR under section 307 (attempt to murder) should be registered without delay.
“I warn of dire consequences if the acts of harassing, torturing and humiliating Kashmiris are not stopped. If police shows reluctance in lodging FIR, we will be forced to have a sit in at NIT and may also use other legal remedies. The same police that are treating these goons like special guests, have made the lives of the youth in Downtown Srinagar miserable. Let police not force us to behave the same way as Raj Thackeray and his colleagues have been doing with the outsiders,” Rasheed said.
An official at Hazratbal sub-divisional police officer’s office said the SDPO, Shah Sajad was busy in a meeting. Station house officer of Nigeen police station Majid Ahmad said, “I am busy in a meeting. I will call you later.”
However, he did not respond to subsequent calls.