Kashmiri students ‘attacked, harassed’ in Jammu college

In a second such incident within a week, Kashmiri students studying in a Jammu college on Tuesday alleged that local students thrashed a boy from south Kashmir’s Pulwama district and abused girls on the campus.
Kashmiri students ‘attacked, harassed’ in Jammu college
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In a second such incident within a week, Kashmiri students studying in a Jammu college on Tuesday alleged that local students thrashed a boy from south Kashmir's Pulwama district and abused girls on the campus.

Talking to Greater Kashmir, a group of Kashmiri students of MIET Jammu said a group of local students ruthlessly thrashed a final year student from Pulwama.

"We were sitting in the campus lawn when a group of local students came to us and inquired about the final year student," they said. "We refused to entertain them and they suddenly started abusing and threatening us."

The Kashmiri students said: "The student they were looking for voluntarily disclosed his identity and the group start beating him badly."

This group of local students also thrashed Kashmiri girls who tried to rescue the fellow student.

"We are not feeling safe here for the past few days. The local students are misbehaving with us frequently," they said. "We feel suffocated here; we are not able to go outside the campus, hostel or to a market freely."

The college administration refused to comment on the issue.

Sub-Inspector VikramManhas, in-charge police post Chinore—under whose jurisdiction the college falls—said a verbal spat broke out between sections of students inside the campus over a comment on social networking site.

"As soon as we got information about a brawl in the college, we reached the campus to avoid any untoward incident but by then the situation was handled well by the management," he claimed.

 "We talked to both the groups but no one leveled serious allegations against each other," he said, but claimed that no student from Kashmir was "manhandled or injured."

SSP Jammu Dr Sunil Gupta said that police party headed by a senior field officer rushed to the college after getting information of the incident.

"There were reports that a verbal spat broke out between two groups in MIET college; we rushed party on the spot to prevent any untoward incident. When our team reached the campus, the matter was already solved as college management had counseled both the groups," he said.

He appealed non-local students to call police on 100-helpline if they face any difficulty.

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