No let up in ‘harassment’ of Kashmiri students

Crisis at Panchkula Engineering College in Haryana; Valley students quit hostels for ‘safety’


Srinagar Dec 2: There seems to be no let up in the “harassment” of Kashmiri students studying outside Jammu and Kashmir. In a fresh instance, the Kashmiri students undergoing studies at the Panchkula Engineering College in Haryana have allegedly been beaten to pulp by fellow colleagues for “being Kashmiris.”
 A group of students from the College told Greater Kashmir over phone that they were “ruthlessly beaten and abused” by the students of the same college. “The situation took an ugly turn to the extent that we had to quit the hostels for safety,” they said.
 The students said they were beaten for none of their fault. “Our only fault is that we are Kashmiris,” they said. “That is the reason why we are beaten everywhere.”
 The aggrieved students said the college authorities did not respond to their repeated phone calls after ‘violence’ against them. “The college authorities are nowhere. They have switched off their cell-phones. The situation is worsening,” the students said. “Even the police did not register a case against the hooligans and instead argued that it’s an internal matter of the college.”
 Among students are a few girls, who accused the College authorities of being indifferent towards the grave crisis.
 “Where shall we go? Who will protect us? The college authorities are not providing us any kind of security. That is the reason why we have left out of our hostels,” said the aggrieved students.
 When contacted, the Chairman of Panchkula College of Engineering, Sarwant Gupta said the matter is “very small and has been resolved.” “It was a small incident and now the students have reconciled with each other,” he said.

Lastupdate on : Sun, 2 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 2 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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