At least 40 Kashmiri students have left for home a day after they alleged harassment by a group of students at a private college in Khanna of Ludhiana district after Uri attack and tension on LoC.
The students said they left because they were feeling insecure.
"Though the college management and police tried to convince us that we should stay but we are feeling unsafe here as the students from other states intimidate us," said a Kashmiri student of the Gulzar Group of Institutions in Ludhiana, where the incident happened. "We feel threatened by their abuses and invective and management was not able to stop them, therefore, we were not convinced by their assurance and felt safety in leaving the place."
These students had also appealed Jammu and Kashmir Government for security or making arrangements so that they could leave for their homes.
"We are really distressed here as the situation is getting worse, we have to face bullying and taunts each time we face other students" said another students.
Denying the reports of raising any pro-Pakistan or anti-India slogans, these students said that the fact was they were being bullied by non-Kashmiri students after the Uri attack and tension on LoC.
On October 2, media reported that groups of students from Bihar, Jharkhand and Kashmir clashed at the institute, leaving at least four of them injured. The incident took place in the mess when the breakfast was being served.
According to the Kashmiri students, the police is deployed in the college during the day, only to be withdrawn in the evening. "We are feeling insecure and panicky because they (non-Kashmiris) can attack us anytime. As we felt insecure, we decide to return back to Kashmir," said the student.
District police Chief for Ludhiana, Satinder Singh Cheema said that it was a minor scuffle between two groups of students which was later on sorted out by the college management amicably.
"A student tried to jump the queue in the mess during breakfast and they had an argument. There was a minor clash. Injured students are okay now and no pro-Pak slogans were raised," he said.
Cheema said there is no threat to any Kashmiri students. "They are free to approach if they have any complaints. I am telling you everything is normal now," he added.