Kashmiri students allege attack in Mewar

Last Updated: Sat, Mar 22, 2014 14:31 hrs

The Kashmiri students studying at the Mewar University in Rajasthan on Friday alleged that they have been harassed by local students, ahead of the Indo-Pak cricket match.

One of the student on Saturday, revealed that soon after the Friday prayers all the Kashmiri students were assembled in the hostel, when all of a sudden they were attacked by the local students of the University.

"The local students attacked our hostel with lathis and stones, injuring many of the students," the student said, adding that, "They attacked us but we didn´t retaliate."

Soon after the incident, the students approached the University administration and complained about the harassment.

"They didn´t pay any heed, and said to wait for two, three days," the caller, wishing anonymity, said.

The Kashmiri students are now refusing to go back to their hostel and have occupied a classroom of the University, where they have assembled.

"We don´t have any guarantee that they won´t attack us again. We fear of our lives," the caller said.

However, the University administration refuted such allegations and said, "We are looking into this matter."

While speaking to IBNS, Tariq Ahmad, the caretaker of the Kashmiri students said, "A scuffle between two groups is totally baseless and no one is injured."

Ahmad further added, "If there is any injured, I will leave my job. Without knowing the facts, no one has the right to spread such rumors."

Meanwhile, another official of the University said, "Two students have received minor injuries, and after that we called a high level meeting, where we discuss the situation with the Police also."

He said, "The Kashmir media should go through reality, about what actually happened."

Earlier, on the eve of the India-Pakistan Asia Cup match on Mar 2, 67 Kashmiri students were bundled back to their homes after they were rusticated from the University in Meerut, for cheering the Pakistani team.

But later, the sedition charges were dropped after Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah called upon Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

(Reporting by Saleem Iqbal Qadri)

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