Shiv Sena activists assault Kashmiri students in Maharashtra, forced to chant ‘Vande Mataram’

Shiv Sena activists assault Kashmiri students in Maharashtra, forced to chant ‘Vande Mataram’
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Srinagar: Four Kashmiri students in Maharahstra have been assaulted even as the Supreme Court said it may take up Friday a PIL seeking security for students from the Valley in wake of the Pulwama militant attack.

In Yavatmal, Kashmiri students of Dayabhai Patel College of Physical Education were pounced upon near their rented home in Waghapur Road area on Wednesday night, reports said.

Two of the students – Umar Rashid Dar and Umar Nazir Ganai, both from Kashmir’s Kupwara – and their friends were intercepted outside their home by activists allegedly from the Yuva Sena, the youth wing of the Shiv Sena, a news gathering agency reported.

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The dozen strong mob demanded to know where they hailed from. When the students replied Kashmir, they were slapped, kicked, punched and threatened with “dire consequences”.

The mob also demanded to know whether their relatives were “terrorists” and forced them to raise slogans of “Bharat Mata ki Jai,” “Hindustan Zindabad” and “Vande Mataram”.

The visibly-scared boys told media persons that “it was difficult for us to pursue education in our home state and now even here. We don’t know what to do or where to go.”

However, they said the police and college authorities have assured them full protection and support especially since their final exams were starting next week.

College Principal, Sandeep Chawak said that the entire college stands “unitedly” with the four students, three of whom are here for three years and one for the past one year.