SRINAGAR: A Kashmiri student at a college in Haryana had a lucky escape on Saturday evening after he was attacked by unknown persons with iron rods, swords and knives while he was on his way to hostel, the student told Kashmir Reader.
Haroon Bashir, BTech student at Ganpati Institute of Technology and Management (GITM), was attacked when he was on his way back to hostel from the dining mess. “I was attacked by masked persons who were carrying iron rods, swords, and knives. One of them attempted to hit me hard on my head but I intercepted the blow by my arm. The arm now has bruises all over and I am taking medication for it,” Haroon told Kashmir Reader over phone. He said he identified one of the attackers as a terminated student of the institute, Harash Rain, whose illegal presence in the campus was informed to the warden.
Omar, another Kashmiri student at the college, said a group of Kashmiri students came out of the hostel when they heard screams of Haroon. They said as soon as they came out, the attackers fled.
The students said they informed the college administration of the incident and asked to be provided security. The students have also registered a complaint at Bilaspur Yamuna Nagar police station.
Omar said that the students did not wish to publicise the issue as it would create panic in their families back home, but because the college administration took no action on their complaint, they felt scared.
On Monday the Kashmiri students, who are nearly 60 in number, protested outside the administration office. They also went to the police station and asked for a copy of the FIR, but were denied, they said.
“We are feeling insecure after the attack. We believe we can be attacked again,” a student said.
The students said that soon after the attack, they called Kashmir Inspector-General of Police Syed Javaid Mujtaba Gillani for help. Omar said that he told them to send details of the institute in a text message, but did not reply to the message they sent him. “We later called him, but he did not answer the phone calls,” Omar said.
Gillani was not available for his comments when contacted by this newspaper. Director of the institute, Dr Jagmohan Obrai, did not answer repeated calls from this newspaper.