Mahendragarh: Haryana Police on Saturday registered an FIR in connection with the alleged assault on two Kashmiri students of the Central University of Haryana, in Mahendergarh.
According to the report published in India Times, after preliminary investigations, cops told that six accused had earlier assaulted five Muslims who were coming out of the same masjid. They also disclosed that the five men belonged to Uttar Pradesh.
Police further informed that it seems Kashmiri youths were attacked due to the misunderstanding that they were with labourers.
At the same time, 5 UP laborers who it seems were returning from mosque had a quarrel with 2 locals (accused in case). Labourers outnumbered locals who then called their friends & it seems Kashmiri youth were attacked in misunderstanding that they were with labourers: CS Rao pic.twitter.com/ETfYsoTLIJ
— ANI (@ANI) February 3, 2018
The two students, Aaftab Ahmed and Amzad Ali, narrated the incident to ANI.
“Yesterday,my friend and I had gone to Mahendergarh to buy some things and before leaving for the university, we also visited the mosque to offer Namaz. When we came out, we noticed some people following us, but we didn’t pay much heed,” Aaftab Ahmed said.
Next we went to a tailor’s shop for my work, and as soon as I sat on the bike, a group of 15 to 20 people came and started beating us,” the other student Amzad Ali said.
The perpetrator did not offer any reason for their action, despite the students repeatedly asking what their fault was. Their call for help also went unheard by the passersby.
— IndiaToday (@IndiaToday) February 3, 2018
“Soon after, police arrived at the spot and asked us to go to the hospital. We went for checkup and returned to our university campus. We told faculty about the incident and lodged a complaint with the university,” Ahmed said.
Ali said the police had assured that they would come to the hospital but after waiting for them till 5:00 p.m., Ahmed and Ali left for their university.
After the incident, FIR was registered at the Mahendergarh Police Station, under sections 148 (Rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 149 (unlawful assembly guilty of offence towards common object), 341 (wrongful restraint) and 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti called for Haryana authorities to investigate the incident and take strict action, after reports of the assault emerged on Friday.
Irked Mehbooba took to Twitter and said, “Shocked and disturbed to hear reports of Kashmiri students being assaulted in Mahendargarh, Haryana.”
Shocked & disturbed to hear reports of Kashmiri students being assaulted in Mahendargarh, Haryana. I urge the authorities to investigate & take strict action. @mlkhattar
— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) February 2, 2018
Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet and said that the incident goes against the spirit of his outreach for Kashmiris.
“This is terrible & goes against the spirit of what @PMOIndia @narendramodi ji said from the ramparts of the Red Fort. I hope the authorities in Haryana act quickly against this violence.”
This is terrible & goes against the spirit of what @PMOIndia @narendramodi ji said from the ramparts of the Red Fort. I hope the authorities in Haryana act quickly against this violence. https://t.co/5vBU2CxHMD
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) February 2, 2018