Four Kashmiri students injured in Meewar University `scuffle’

Srinagar, Nov 23: At least four Kashmiri students suffered injuries after they were allegedly attacked by their counterparts from Bihar in Meewar University, Rajasthan on Friday.

Police has registered a case under section 151 CrPC and detained four students of Bihar.

The incident occurred on Friday evening when Kashmiri students got into a casual discussion with students from Bihar. The discussion turned into a scuffle when a student from Bihar allegedly dubbed his Kashmiri counterpart as “terrorist”.

“A scuffle broke out when a Bihari student called a Kashmiri student a terrorist. Later in the evening when Kashmiri students assembled in the mess for dinner, they were again attacked by students from Bihar. Four students of Jammu and Kashmir were injured”, said a student wishing not to be named.

He alleged that students from Bihar hurled stones and chanted slogans “Aatangwadi hi hi” (Down with terrorists) “Tahir Majeed, a second year BBA student was attacked with a knife. He was discharged from the hospital next day,” he said.

Speaking to The Kashmir Monitor, Director Admissions, Meewar University, SC Sudhar refuted claims that Kashmiri students were attacked by Bihari students and termed it as a ‘casual scuffle’ between the classmates.

“In a university these things usually happens. University officials intervened and solved the matter. Later both the groups shook hands with each other,” he said.

Station House Officer (SHO), Chittorgarh Police Station, LR Vishnoye said FIR has been registered against four students of Bihar under section 151 CRPC and all of them are in their custody. “We are on the spot and monitoring the situation on the campus,” he said

J&K Students Association has strongly condemned thrashing of Kashmiri students in Meewar University and urged government to ensure their safety and security.

“The attack on J&K students is a worrying factor for the students and their parents. We urge state and central government to take effective measures to prevent such happenings,” J&K Students Association said in a statement.

Post Pulwama attack, an advisory was issued by Ministry of Home Affairs to all states to ensure safety of Kashmiri students.

“The state governments, Union Territory administrations and the nodal officers appointed by them have been advised to take all necessary steps to prevent any act of assault, threat, intimidation and social boycott against Kashmiris (including students) as well as minorities in accordance with the order of the Supreme Court,” the advisory reads.

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