2 held for thrashing Kashmiri students outside the Mewar University in Chittorgarh district

Jaipur : Two youths were arrested on Friday for allegedly attacking the Kashmiri students at Mewar University in Chhittorgarh district of Rajasthan on Wednesday.


The accused identified as Manish,22, and Sohanlal, 25. They are local residents of Gangrar area. Investigation officer sub-inspector Chena Ram said. “They have been arrested under IPC section 151 (unlawful assembly) and investigation is underway under IPC section 341 (wrongful restraint) and section 323 (voluntarily causing hurt). He also said that they are not the students of Mewar University.


Following the arrest, Union home minister Rajnath Singh instructed chief ministers to ensure safety of Kashmiri students and sought an advisory to states over the issue. Singh said.“I appeal to everyone to ensure the safety of Kashmiri students living in other parts of the country. Kashmiris are a part of our family,” he added. “The Kashmiri youth also contribute in the progress of India. Action should be taken by the states against those who target them.’’


On Wednesday night when eight of the Kashmiri students went to the nearby market to purchase fruits and groceries the local boys abused them by mentioning the incident in which locals had thrashed CRPF in Budgam district. When the boys tried to explain them the incident, but they started trashing them with bat and wickets.


The students had sustained minor injuries. Kashmiri students had protested on the university campus on Wednesday. Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje tweeted: “Kashmiri students are our children. The Police have taken prompt action & apprehended the culprits.”


This was the third assault involving Kashmiri students last year some Kashmiri students of Mewar University were attacked over rumours that they cooked beef in their hostel. In 2015 nearly 1,200 Kashmiri students were expelled from Pacific University in Udaipur following a clash with locals.