Kashmiri students ‘Beaten’ up in Haryana college, Mehbooba Mufti demands probe

The Kashmiri students of the Haryana Central University were beaten up while returning to the campus after offering congregational Friday prayers in Mahendragarh town.

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti has urged the Haryana government to take stringent action against the perpetrators for assaulting Kashmiri students and demanded a probe into the case.

Mehbooba made the statement on Friday, hours after reports of the Kashmiri students of the Haryana Central University being assaulted surfaced.

The victims were beaten up while returning to the campus after offering congregational Friday prayers in Mahendragarh town.

“Me and my friend had gone to the mosque to offer namaz yesterday (Friday). After we came out of the mosque,we noticed some people following us. Just as we were leaving on my motorbike,a group of 15-20 people started beating us,” said Aftab, a Kashmiri student at the Central University of Haryana, in Mahenderhgarh.

“No one came forward to help us. Soon after the police arrived at the spot. We went to the hospital for check-up and returned to the university campus. We told faculty about the incident and lodged a complaint with the university,” he added.

Irked Mehbooba took to Twitter and said, “Shocked and disturbed to hear reports of Kashmiri students being assaulted in Mahendargarh, Haryana.”

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet and said that the incident goes against the spirit of his outreach for Kashmiris.

“This is terrible & goes against the spirit of what @PMOIndia @narendramodi ji said from the ramparts of the Red Fort. I hope the authorities in Haryana act quickly against this violence.”

The reason behind the attack is yet not known.

Jammu and Kashmir director general of police Shesh Paul Vaid has been coordinating with his Haryana counterpart to ensure the safety of the Kashmiri youths.

“In touch with DGP Haryana. Police is taking cognisance of the incident,” Vaid said.

The victims were injured and were taken to the local hospital. They were, however, released after treatment.