SRINAGAR: Kashmiri students studying in Vyas Institute of Higher Education in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur district said on Friday that to avenge the police action on non-Kashmiri students at the NIT, Srinagar, they were thrashed by their fellow students and outsiders on Thursday.
“About 40 persons armed with knives, baseball bats, hockey sticks and musical fire tongs attacked us during the annual college fest,” the students told Kashmir Reader over phone on Friday.
“Some of our batchmates and some outsiders chanted anti-Pakistan slogans. They beat up every Kashmiri student they found during the cultural event. Two Kashmiri students were savagely beaten up,” a Kashmiri student, requesting anonymity, said.
“Tonight is the main event and the last day but we have been confined to the hostel rooms under lock and key. There are not too many police personnel on the campus,” he said, adding, “Last night, our belongings too were thrown out of the rooms. Furniture too was damaged by the attackers.”
He said that assailants also threatened to “kill us”, warning “we will avenge you for what happened in NIT Srinagar.”
Station house officer of Kudi Bhagtasni area (of Jodhpur) Anand Singh Rajpurhoit assured protection to the Kashmiri students but said action can’t be taken against the culprits because nobody has complained against them.
“No doubt the students were beaten up and we have also identified the culprits but the unfortunate part is no one is ready to file any complaint,” Rajpurhoit said.
“On Thursday I got a tip off that Kashmiri students were beaten up at the Vyas Institute. On reaching the spot, both the parties had already reached a compromise. I even asked them (Kashmiri students) in private for the complaint but they declined,” Rajpurhoit said.
However, the Kashmiri students said they did not register the complaint with the police because they are told by the management that if they did, there would be problems “at the time of their placements”.
“Sab bakwas hai. I am busy. Call me in the morning,” director of the institute Manish Vyas said.