Kashmiri students assaulted in Chhattisgarh, four sustain injuries

Kashmiri students undergoing a training programme in Raipur area of Chhattisgarh on Thursday alleged they were attacked by fellow students from Maharashtra and the locals, resulting in injuries to at least four of them.

34 students from Kashmir who are undergoing training under Himayat project in Chhattisgarh said they were attacked late Wednesday evening at the canteen of Disha Institute of Management and Technology.


They said the local students and some residents of the area attacked them with rods and stones.

“At around 8:30 pm we went to the college canteen to have dinner. As one of our class mates took a plate, one of the students from Maharashtra abused and pushed him. When we tried to intervene they attacked us and chased us away to our hostel rooms, “said Manzoor Ahmad Mir, resident of Dachigam Bandipora.

He said the Maharashtra students along with the locals later ransacked their belongings at the hostel rooms.

“They smashed the window panes with rods and stones resulting into the injuries of four Kashmiri students,” said another student.

The injured students were identified as Zahid Wani from Nadihal, Mohsin and Naveed both from Pazalpora and Faisal from Putushai Bandipora.

All the 34 students undergoing training hail from north Kashmir’s Bandipora district.

The students said that the attackers ransacked their wardrobes, broke lockers and also threatened them with dire consequences if they stayed in the college.

They also alleged the local police didn’t cooperate with them when they informed them about the incident.

Sonu Singh, Operation head Disha Institute of Management and Technology, said that there was some “minor scuffle” between the students of two states last night and it was sorted out there only.

“College management had deployed security guards for the safety of students and the issue was also sorted out yesterday only,” he said. 

-GK

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