Srinagar: The inquiry committee constituted by the University of Kashmir to probe the stabbing incident that took place on April 27 in the university campus has recommended rustication of nine accused students and fine against three others.
A brawl between two groups of 6th semester and 8th semester law students had turned ugly. On April 27, when the students were proceeding for classes, a group of Law students stabbed their seniors outside the department. The students used sharp objects, including surgical blades, to inflict severe injuries to three seniors, while one among the group of attackers was himself wounded while trying to prevent his friend from killing a senior student.
Chief Proctor of the varsity, Prof Naseer Ahmad told Kashmir Reader that the five-member inquiry committee led by him has recommended “severe punishment” for the accused students.
“The file was sent to the Vice Chancellor who approved the recommendations of the inquiry committee and has now been sent to the disciplinary committee for the implementation of the recommended punishments,” Prof Naseer said.
Although, Prof Naseer declined to reveal the quantum of punishment recommended, sources privy to the developments said that the punishments have been classified into two categories depending upon the magnitude or the involvement of the students in the “criminal activity”.
In total, sources said, 12 students were found accused in the incident among whom nine have been recommended for rustication while three have been recommended for imposition of fine.
“Main accused, Rehaan Gowhar, a sixth-semester Law student, and his accomplice have been recommended for a two-year suspension. Nine other students will face a suspension of one year to 6 months. Other 3 students who were part of the incident have been recommended for an imposition of fine of Rs 10000 to 5000 each.”
Following procedure, the disciplinary committee is expected to inform the students about the recommendations and wait for their responses for five days.
“There is a set procedure in the varsity that has to be followed before moving ahead with the implementation. After getting the approval from the varsity, the recommendations are sent to a disciplinary committee, which constitutes of the members from the university administration. The disciplinary committee will inform the accused students and get their responses within five days,” Prof Naseer said.
Meanwhile, the committee recommendation of have been hailed by the students and faculty.
A senior professor told Kashmir Reader that the university has set an example by acting tough against “such rogues”.
“Had these criminals been left unpunished, it would have set a wrong precedence,” he said.
A few students, Kashmir Reader spoke to, also hailed the KU administration, the inquiry committee and the Vice Chancellor for setting a strict precedent.