Haryana: 3 held for assault on Kashmiri students

Grant SmithFeb 07, 2018

Jammu: Majority of political parties in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday called for the forthcoming panchayat polls in the state to be deferred. According to the NIA chargesheet, 'Terrorists and Hurriyat leaders have a close nexus with active militants and stone pelters in the Kashmir Valley.

The students alleged they were followed by men on two-wheelers as they made their way back to the university campus. A conspiracy under the supervision of Pakistan-based organisations was hatched.

The government, in its reply, informed that Haryana police have arrested three accused involved in the incident. He is now in judicial custody. Incident had started with a minor collision of motorcycle of the accused.

On the other hand, 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.

Peoples Democratic Party's youth wing president Waheed ur Rehman Para told the English daily that the that Jammu and Kashmir government was collaborating with the Haryana government to ensure the safety of students. However, she did not disclose the particulars of first-time offenders due security reasons for them and their immediate families. We asked them why were we being targeted but they didn't say anything and just kept hitting us.

Expressing grief over the incident, J&K CM Mufti took to her Twitter handle to complain to the Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. We want people to get some relief and businessmen to do some business. "Haryana Police has taken cognisance..." "I urge the authorities to investigate and take strict action".

Both the students were rushed to a hospital and later discharged. In fact, several people silently watched the attack and did not come to help the victims.

The Opposition had cornered the government in the Legislative Assembly on Saturday after alleging that they have failed to protect students who are living or staying outside the state.

Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, to whom the students had tweeted about the assault, said, "This is awful and goes against the spirit of what PM Modi said from the ramparts of the Red Fort. I hope the authorities in Haryana quickly act against this violence", he said.

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