4 Kashmiri students thrown out of Ghaziabad hostel

At least four students from Kashmir were thrown out of their hostel in a Ghaziabad college day after another Kashmiri student was beaten by local seniors, students and officials said Friday.
Peer Umair and Bilal Ahmad from Baramulla, AdilNabi from Awantipora and DilawarJavid from Islamabad (Anantnag) district were notified by the college authorities on Friday to leave the hostel.
The students were pursuing BBA and B Tech degrees at H. R. Institute of Engineering and Technology, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh.
“Yes, three students have been asked to leave the hostel,” Anil Tyagi, Chief Warden of the college, said over phone. “Their removal was recommended by the official committee which was assigned to investigate the matter,” he said.
He refused to comment why the students were thrown out. “The committee recommended and it had to be done,” he said.
One of the students, DilawarJavid, told Greater Kashmir over phone that instead of punishing seniors, college authorities threw them out.
“When the seniors were beating Umair yesterday, I hurried to the office of the warden. He didn’t come,” he said.
“All of them watched while we were being beaten. And today instead of punishing those who beat us, they are throwing us out on the road. We have nowhere to go.”
On Thursday, Umair, 22, was beaten up by a group of seniors when he screamed after receiving an electric shock in the hostel’s washroom while bathing, PTI news agency had reported.
The incident had triggered protests from more than 100 Kashmiri students studying in the college under Prime Minister’s Scholarship Scheme.
Following the incident, the institution had constituted a 12-member committee to investigate the matter.

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