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Attack on J&K students in Haryana: Accused assaulted 5 other men leaving same mosque, says police

The J&K government had demanded strong action against the accused, with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti saying she was “shocked and disturbed” by the incident.

Written by Kaunain Sheriff M | Mahendragarh | Updated: February 4, 2018 1:23 pm
Attack on J&K students in Haryana Aftab Ahmad, one of the two Kashmiri students who was beaten up in Mahendragarh, on Saturday. (Express photo by Manoj Kumar)

A day after two students from Jammu and Kashmir were assaulted in Mahendragarh, Haryana, police said the six accused had, the same day, assaulted five Muslim men as they walked out of a mosque after their Friday prayers.

According to Mahendragarh Superintendent of Police Kamaldeep, the Muslim men were the “original targets” of the attackers and the two students had been assaulted “mistakenly”.

On Saturday, police said they had registered two separate FIRs against the six accused: one for allegedly assaulting Aftab Ahmad and Amjad Ali, the two students from J&K who studied at Central University of Haryana in Mahendragarh, and the other for allegedly assaulting five Muslim labourers — Sadik, Sharik, Intazar, Rehman and Aslam — from Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts in UP. Two of the accused were arrested on Saturday.

“When we came out of the mosque, a group of 10 men came on five bikes and asked us to remove our skull caps. They also asked two others, who had their skull caps in their pockets, to take them out. When we refused to do as they said, they threatened us. They later followed us and assaulted us near the factory where we work,” Sadik told The Sunday Express. Sadik and the others have been working in Mahendergarh for five months.

On Friday, the two students, both residents of Rajouri in Jammu, had alleged that a group of at least 10 people had started following them soon after they came out of the same mosque in Mahendragarh. The J&K government had demanded strong action against the accused, with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti saying she was “shocked and disturbed” by the incident.

Police said the accused were involved in a fight at three different locations. “The first scuffle took place at Angoori Devi dharamshala. Two of the accused were on a bike, which grazed past the five Muslim men who were walking on the congested road outside the mosque. That led to a scuffle. The accused told us that these students from J&K were present at the spot, though they were not involved in the scuffle. After this, the two accused called four more men and this group of six, they claim, went in search of these Muslim men. At Masani Chowk, they saw these two Kashmiri students and assumed they were part of the same group and beat them up. Then they went ahead, saw the five Muslim men near Railway Road and beat them up. So these are two different incidents, involving the same accused,” Kamaldeep told The Sunday Express, adding that the accused are from neighbouring villages. “One of them is a BSc student in a local college. Two others, who are in their twenties, are self-employed,” he said.

The students, however, claimed that police were “distorting the facts” and that the two incidents are not connected.

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“I don’t know who these men were. When we were standing near the chowk, they first snatched my helmet and started assaulting us. We had not seen these men near the dharamshala, as police have been claiming. If we had witnessed a scuffle there, we would have definitely noticed these men. We have no clue about the assault on the five other Muslim men. We have no connection with that incident. Both are separate incidents,” Aftab Ahmad, one of the two Kashmiri students, told the SP and District Magistrate who visited the university on Saturday.

The labourers also said they had not seen any Kashmiri students when the scuffle took place outside the mosque and later when they were assaulted. “These students were not present when they told us to remove our skull cap or when we where assaulted later. These are two separate incidents,” Sadik said.

Mahendragarh Deputy Commissioner Garima Mittal assured the students that a “thorough investigation” would be conducted. “These are only the findings of the prima facie investigation. The students should have full faith in the administration. During the course of investigation, there will be new revelations. Also, we will record additional statements. We ensure that justice will be done to the students and a thorough investigation will be conducted,” she said.

On the injuries sustained by the students, Chief Medical Officer Dr Indrajeet Dhankar, said, “The injuries look simple in nature. However, there is one injury near the ear (Aftab’s), which needs further investigations. An ENT specialist will investigate and submit the final report.”

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    Leno
    Feb 5, 2018 at 8:50 am
    Why So much hype and attention for two college students from j k? What about other student issues of Haryana and rest of india. What about armymen who get assaulted eveeyday by kashmiri youth? Why non one talks about these issues?
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    1. Sanjay Rai
      Feb 5, 2018 at 7:57 am
      This Islamic Express is making ordinary squabbling a national issue where as no space was.provided to gruesome communally hatred inspired murder of Ankit by Muslim Mob in Delhi.
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        LENO
        Feb 6, 2018 at 9:09 am
        ITS NOT LOVE JIHAD BRO, IT DOESN'T EXIST AT ALL, ITS JUST PURE LOVE OF and BY MUSLIM GUYS WITH NO SOURCE OF INCOME NO JOBS NO EDUCATION ALWAYS END UP ESPECIALLY AND ONLY FOR HINDU GIRLS. ITS NOT AT ALL STRANGE THAT EXCLUDING THEIR OWN ENTIRE MUSLIM COMMUNITY THESE GUYS END UP WITH ONLY HINDU GIRLS ..JUST PURE LOVE..! BUT WHEN A HINDU GUY LOVES MUSLIM GIRL ....THEY KILLED HIM LIKE HE WAS NOTHING ....MY CONDOLENCES TO ANKIT'S FAMILY. IF HINDU GIRLS FAMILIES TAKES SAME STEP AND ACTION AGAINST LOVE JIHADIES THEN ITS A PARLIAMENT ISSUE. KUDOS TO HARYANA SALUTE TO YOU.
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      2. Madan Gupta
        Feb 4, 2018 at 11:34 am
        No assault, kill and put dead body to dogs.
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        1. blackpower 666
          Feb 4, 2018 at 11:52 am
          the bravest hindutva coward has spoken. how many muslims have you killed? how many muslim women have you raped? gangraped? eviscerated fetuses? it may interest you to know that your hindutva forefathers (millions of them) ran like cowards at the sight of a few 1000s of advancing muslim invaders leaving your foremothers and their kids as trophies! thats HINDUTVA COWARDICE and HINDUTVA SHAME! always few 1000s crossed the khyber pass - ghazni, ghori, timur, babure, ahmed shah - and millions of your forefathers ran like cowards. this inspite of the power of vedas puranas, 33 crgods, maucode. shiva stopped doing the tandav, vishnu's chakra stopped spinning, brahma turned his back and 3 heads. ran to the nearest tree and then monkey like disappeared into the forest. ghazni, ghori, timur, babure, ahmed shah took your hindutva foremothers as trophies. so who's genes are you carrying ghazni, ghori, timur, babure, ahmed shah or their soldiers?
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          1. blackpower 666
            Feb 4, 2018 at 11:53 am
            PROVE THAT YOU ARE NOT A HINDUTVA COWARD by travelling to libya syria pak afghan iraq to wage your holy war against islamic jihadists. if you can't then please invest in a SALWAR KAMEEZ like your fellow hindutva coward baba ramdevi the transvest ite tantrik
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            1. Sanjay P
              Feb 4, 2018 at 8:05 pm
              Abey Gupta, teli, bose d k. Bakwas mat kar.
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            2. Mohd Sarwar Nasree
              Feb 4, 2018 at 11:23 am
              The assault was actually intended towards the Muslims wearing a skull cap , for assaulters those student were Muslims rather Kashmiri students police might give benefit of doubt to assaulters leave them since any assault against minority has gained acceptability in society as part of social engineering which sometime manifest into riots or lynching or assault in public Transports etc Widely propagated in media jumping in debate by non other than Bjp alliance PDP leader making a diacritical remarks terming as anti Kashmiri offence rather as crime committed on ethics minorities. Perhaps she is too scared to bring out communal angle like her predecessor played safe with selective politics with concerted approach to disdain atrocities or human right violation in which Kashmiri are involved.Strange that most of the volience is perpetuated in north India south India remains peaceful and tollerant fast progressing with biggest contribution to GDP creation of Job.
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              1. blackpower 666
                Feb 4, 2018 at 11:55 am
                "south India remains peaceful and tollerant fast progressing with biggest contribution to GDP creation of Job" South india remains peaceful because it has not been infected by the saffron scourge of fascism racism bigotry and hatred
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              2. Madan Gupta
                Feb 4, 2018 at 11:07 am
                Kill any many as possible, they are the agents of Pakistan. They are friend of MOdi and enemy of BRAVE FORCES..
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                1. blackpower 666
                  Feb 4, 2018 at 12:02 pm
                  the bravest hindutva coward has spoken? how many muslims have you killed? how many muslim women have you raped, gangraped, eviscerated fetuses?
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