Srinagar: A group of Kashmiri students was beaten up by their counterparts in Ganga Institute of Management and Technology in Haryana on Tuesday night.
The students, who called Kashmir Reader to tell of the incident, said that a group of students from Bihar and other places thrashed them and hurled invectives while calling them “terrorists”.
“We faced harassment since the uprising broke out in Kashmir. They abuse and calls us terrorists. On Tuesday night, students from Bihar abused and thrashed us,” the students said.
They alleged the security guard and the hostel warden also thrashed them.
“When we brought the issue to the notice of the warden, he slapped one of us. The security guard also supported the other students,” they said.
Later, the college authorities intervened and asked the Kashmiri students to enter into a compromise and that the matter would be looked into the next day. “But in the night, when a Kashmiri student went to mess, he was severely beaten up. He received severe injury on his face and when we heard his cries, we came to his rescue,” they said, adding, “They called the police to the college.”
The students on Wednesday went on strike, demanding termination of students who attacked them. “But a local police officer told us to compromise as the case will be registered against both parties. Also, college authorities assured us of action against the students,” they said.
Director of the college Dr Aman Aggarwal admitted that Kashmiri students were injured after they were beaten up by their counterparts.
“One of the Kashmiri students received5-6 stitches on his face. We rusticated 4 students who were involved from the hostel and imposed on them a fine of Rs 4,000 each,” he said.
Aggarwal said the college management did not want to “spoil” the career of the accused students because they were at the fag end of their bachelor’s degree.
“They are in final year and we have to think about their career as well,” he added.
In another instance, three Kashmiri students studying in Desh Bhagat University at Amloh campus have alleged that they were harassed by some unidentified persons on September 25 night, a charge denied by the police and varsity authorities.
The three are among the 100 students from Kashmir enrolled in the university under different courses through the Prime Minister’s Scholarship Programme for Jammu and Kashmir.
Danish Ahmad, one of the three students, alleged that some people gathered outside their hostel rooms and abused them.
“They knocked at the door and told us to come out while we were sleeping on Sunday night following which we informed the police and our parents in Kashmir,” he said.
When contacted, Amloh SHO Dalbir Singh said after receiving information on Sunday night around 1pm, a police team reached there and thoroughly investigated the matter but found it to be a rumour.
“Police thoroughly investigated the matter and found that it was only a rumour,” he said.
“We inquired from other students living in the hostel about the incident but they said nothing of this sort has happened in the university,” the SHO said.
Amloh DSP Purshotam Singh Bal visited the university yesterday and reviewed security arrangements there.
The SHO said they have asked the university authorities to install CCTV cameras at all places in the hostels and deploy additional guards.
Meanwhile, Vice-Chancellor Varinder Singh denied reports of the incident.
With inputs from PTI