‘No one came forward to help’ as 15-20 goons thrashed us outside masjid: Kashmiri students

NEW DELHI: Two university students, residents of Jammu and Kashmir, were brutally beaten up by a group of 15-20 in Haryana’s Mahendragarh.

The victims Aftab Ahmad (23) and Amjad Ali (22), students of Central University of Haryana reportedly targeted for sporting beards and Kashmiri looks and were thrashed “for no reason”.

Narrating the incident, Aftab said, “me and my friend had gone to the mosque to offer namaz yesterday (Friday), after we came out of the mosque, we noticed some people following us. Just as we were leaving on my motorbike, a group of 15-20 people started to beat us for no reason,” Aftab said on Saturday.

“No one came forward to help us. Soon after police arrived at the spot. We went to the hospital for checkup & returned to university campus. We told faculty about incident & lodged a complaint with University,” he added.

The duo received bruises on arms and leg were later taken to a local hospital for a check-up and discharged within hours.

A police official said, a total six people are accused in incident of assault and three of them have been arrested and three others identified on the basis on a CCTV footage.

FIR under section 148/149/341/323 IPC has been lodged in Mahenderhgarh police station and investigation is underway.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has urged her Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar to ensure strict action in this case.

“Shocked and disturbed to hear reports of Kashmiri students being assaulted in Mahendragarh, Haryana. I urge the authorities to investigate and take strict action,” Mufti tweeted tagging the Haryana chief minister.

Former Chief Minister of J&K and MLA from Beerwah, Budgam, Omar Abdullah to whom the students had tweeted, said, “This is terrible & goes against the spirit of what Modi ji said from the ramparts of the Red Fort. I hope the authorities in Haryana act quickly against this violence.”