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Kashmiri student at centre of Sharda row missing, say police

On October 4, videos of a group of people beating up Bilal went viral amidst simmering tensions following a scuffle between Afghan and Indian students within the university.

Written by Sukrita Baruah | New Delhi |
October 31, 2018 2:14:12 am
Kashmiri student at centre of Sharda row missing, say police Videos of the assault were shared on social media.

The Kashmiri student from Sharda University, a video of whose assault within the campus had gone viral earlier this month, has been missing since Sunday, confirmed police.

On Tuesday, a missing person complaint was registered at Greater Noida’s Knowledge Park police station regarding the disappearance of Ahtisham Bilal, a first-year student of Medical Imaging Technology at the university.

According to SHO Knowledge Park, Arvind Pathak, the complaint was filed by Bilal’s cousin on Tuesday morning, following which surveillance personnel attempted to trace his phone location.

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“Through the tracking, we found that he was still in Delhi till noon on Sunday, but at 2.30 pm his location changed to Srinagar. We found that he called up his father at 4.30 pm and had told him that he was in Delhi. The phone has been switched off and untraceable after that,” Pathak said.

Pathak said that Bilal’s father has been approached by police in Srinagar.

According to Aabid Hussain, Bilal’s friend and his fellow student at Sharda University, he had not talked about any plans of going to Kashmir. “He had not told us anything before leaving the university on Sunday morning. Later we found out that he had told his parents that he was going to Delhi for a visit. In the evening, too, he called his father and said that he’s returning to the university. He also called his cousin who studies at Sharda, and told him that he would return to the hostel by 8.30 pm. But afterwards, our attempts to call him failed as we couldn’t reach him,” he said.

University officials could not be reached for comment.

On October 4, videos of a group of people beating up Bilal went viral amidst simmering tensions following a scuffle between Afghan and Indian students within the university. Following this, the District Magistrate had invoked the NSA against a man who allegedly inflamed the situation by giving a communal colour to the fight.

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