In yet another attack on the Kashmiri students outside the valley, at least eight students from Kashmir Valley were injured when a scuffle broke out between two groups of students of Global Research Institute for Management and Technology in Haryana. Authorities have closed the college for a week and have asked the students to report back on December 16.
Around 200 J&K students are currently enrolled in the college. The students, who belong to different districts of the valley, are pursuing engineering courses under the Prime Minister Scholarship scheme for J-K students. After the attack students are now planning to move back to Kashmir.
Ishfaq Ahmad, a student in the college told The Indian Express that the scuffle broke out after a student from Jammu slapped a Kashmiri student during lunch break on Saturday afternoon. “Initially the matter was resolved on the intervention of seniors, but the student from Jammu called up goons from a local village and they thrashed every Kashmir student who opposed them,” he said.
Amir Ahmad, a second year student, also alleged that the local goons attacked the Kashmiri students. “Around 50-60 goons entered into the mess and started beating the Kashmiri students with iron rods and other weapons,” he said.
Students in the college said that around thirty students are injured in the attack, and out of them eight are admitted in the hospital.
Another student blamed the college and police for not helping the Kashmiri students. “We have told the police and the authorities that we will go back home but action should be taken against the people who attacked the Kashmiri students,” a student said, who wished not to be named. “Neither the college administration nor the police helped us.”
Superintendent of Police Ved Prakash Godra said that there was a scuffle between two groups of students and police is monitoring the situation. “There was a minor scuffle in the mess, between at least two groups of students who belonged to J&K. Four injured students have been admitted to the hospital,” he said.
He however, denied the reports that local goons entered into the college mess and attacked the Kashmiri students. “No sharp weapons were used by any student in the incident,” he said adding that the college authorities have declared one week “preparatory off” for the students in the college.
In August this year dozens of students enrolled at Swami Parmanand College of Engineering and Technology at Lalru Mohali returned to the Valley after the students were allegedly beaten by local Bharatiya Janta Party workers.
Also, In March, 67 Kashmiri students were expelled from Swami Vivekananda Subharti University (SVSU) for allegedly cheering Pakistan during the India-Pakistan match at the Asia Cup.