Students from Jammu and Kashmir were allegedly beaten up on Friday evening by 15 people in Mahendragarh here. The students belonging to the northern state were Geography students at the Central University of Haryana about 100 kilometres from the national capital.
The police said they have arrested three of the accused and have identified three more of the group, said Kamaldeep Goyal, Superintendent of Police. They have also launched an investigation into the case.
The boys were attacked when they went to the market after Friday prayers. They told that they were surrounded by the group of 15 men and allegedly assaulted with helmet and sticks.
One of the victims, Aftab told the news agency, “We had gone to the mosque to offer Namaz. After we came out, we noticed some people following us. Just as we were leaving on my motorbike, a group of 15-20 people start to beat us.”
He said that no one came forward to help them and the police arrived at the spot. The two students were taken to the hospital for a checkup and returned to the campus, where they lodged a complaint.
“We told faculty about the incident and lodged a complaint with University,” said Aftab.
A police case has been filed against the assaulters. Jammu and Kashmir police officer said that Haryana police have taken cognizance of the matter and they are in touch with the boys and police too.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has asked ML Khattar, her Haryana counterpart to ensure quick and strict action.
“Shocked and disturbed to hear reports of Kashmiri students being assaulted in Mahendragarh, Haryana. I urge the authorities to investigate and take strict action,” she tweeted, in which she tagged the Haryana chief minister.
The students had tweeted about the incident to the former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah, who said, “This is terrible and goes against the spirit of what PM Modi said from the ramparts of the Red Fort. I hope the authorities in Haryana act quickly against this violence.”