SRINAGAR: A month after a group of law students stabbed their seniors in the University of Kashmir (KU) campus, the accused are roaming free and staying in their university accommodations.
The university students accused the varsity authorities of shielding the accused because of their political connections.
A student told Kashmir Reader that the main accused, Rehaan Gowhar, was allowed to routinely attend the classes and stay in the hostel just a week after the incident.
The University administration had constituted a high level committee to investigate the stabbing incident. The committee after questioning the students and witnesses had made certain recommendations, a source in the university administration said. He said that the recommendations have not been implemented till date.
Another source said that the committee has submitted the report, however, further action is being delayed deliberately to shield the main accused.
Students alleged that Rehaan has successfully prevailed over the administration and has been let free due to his political connections. “How can a student who attempted to murder a fellow student stay in the hostel,” a group of students said.
They said that Gowhar was staying in the hostel with the consent of the hostel warden.
Earlier, a KU proctor had told Kashmir Reader that there was no chance of shielding anybody in the case. “We will take the case on merits and whoever is responsible will be taken to task,” he had said.
A top university official said that the inquiry committee has made recommendations for punishment to the accused. However, he said, according to university rules the punitive action has to be implemented by a disciplinary committee.
“The recommendations of the inquiry committee will be sent to a disciplinary committee that will implement the recommendations of the inquiry committee,” he said.
The disciplinary committee is to be constituted by the Vice Chancellor.
Although, the inquiry committee had submitted its report within five days, the Vice Chancellor has failed to constitute the disciplinary committee so far.
Aijaz Ahmad Wani, the deputy proctor of the University said that the university has banned Rehaan from the hostel, but he can attend the classes.
When told that Rehaan was staying at the hostel, he said, “Look, everything is not in our control. He may be using his friends to peek into the hostel and it is not in our knowledge,” he said.
Asked how Rehaan was using the mess with the knowledge of the warden, the deputy proctor feigned ignorance.
On April 26, a group of four youths, led by Rehaan Gowhar, a sixth-semester Law student, his batch-mate Omar, and two “outsiders” pounced upon some 8th semester students and tried to kill them using knives and blades.
The four students injured in the incident were shifted to the health centre of the university, from where they were shifted to SKIMS and JLNM hospitals. The injured students have been identified as Mufti Mohtasim, Haseeb Banday, Mueed-ul-Islam, all students of 8th-semester, and Aqib, a student of 6th-semester at KU’s Law department.