IUST suspends 4 students over ‘toxic gas’ attack

Srinagar: The Islamic University of Science and Technology, Awantipora has suspended four students of International Business for allegedly attacking their colleagues with ‘toxic gas’ last week.
According to officials, an internal inquiry into the incident that happened on October 25 has found four first-year students of International Business guilty of releasing toxic gas in a classroom leading to the hospitalization of five MBA students.
“The initial investigation by the Inquiry Committee has zeroed in on four first-year students of International Business as they were found indulging in serious indiscipline action,” Vice Chancellor IUST, Dr Mushtaq Siddiqui told Kashmir Reader.
He said the students have been suspended from the university and “further action will be taken after the investigation is complete.”
“The students were from the same batch but different section. It was not the case of ragging but some rivalry among first-year students of International Business and MBA,” Siddqui said.
“We have taken strict action against them. And to prevent such action in future we have installed more CCTVs and deputed more security around the campus,” he added.
Last week, five MBA students were hospitalized in SKIMS Soura in critical condition after ‘unknown persons’ released some toxic gas in their classroom.
Varisty insiders had then suspected that the incident was a bid to bully a fresher batch of management department by seniors. However, VC has denied the ragging allegations, now.