Anantnag: Students of Government Degree College (GDC) Anantnag were allegedly beaten and abused by army men on Thursday, near Bijbehara in Anantnag district, for “disrespecting the national flag”.
The students said they were in their college bus, which had the name of the college painted on it, travelling to Srinagar to participate in an inter-college football tournament.
According to the students, their bus was stopped near Bijbehara by army men and they were asked to take the by-pass (railway road) instead of the highway to reach Srinagar.
“We pleaded with the army men. We told them we were on way to play a tournament and were getting late. But they insisted that we take the by-pass or return back to where we came from,” the students told Kashmir Reader.
Left with no other option, the students said, they took the by-pass.
“Our vehicle was followed by an army vehicle and they were joined by a couple of more army vehicles at some distance. Our vehicle was stopped again and we were asked to disembark,” the students said.
The army men then allegedly thrashed at least two students and abused others for disrespecting the “national flag” during protests in the college campus.
Protests had erupted against hoisting of the Indian national flag during a sports festival in the college on August 23.
“They abused us for disrespecting their flag. We were allowed to leave after more than an hour and a half, with a stern warning from their officer,” the students said.
Principal of the GDC, MY Peerzada, told Kashmir Reader that he has had some reports but he is yet to talk to his students, who have not returned from their match as of now.
“They are yet to return from Srinagar. I will talk to them once they get here,” he said.
Army spokesperson RK Pandey said he had no information about any such incident.