Dozens of Kashmiri students were allegedly thrashed after they refused to chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ at a college in Jammu on Thursday.
A group of Kashmiri students at Government Engineering and Technology College Jammu told Greater Kashmir over phone that their valuables, books and other goods were also thrown out by ‘goons’ and local students who barged into their rooms and thrashed them.
“We were in our hostels. Everything was peaceful. Suddenly we heard a large number of students along with locals shouting anti-Pakistan slogans,” they said.
They added that the ‘unlawful assembly’ of these protestors straight away barged into their hostel rooms and thrashed Kashmiri students.
“They forced us to chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ which we vehemently refused. The protestors threatened us of killing and claimed to have the backing of BJP and RSS,” they alleged.
They said around thirty students were injured in the attack.
“We were not able to rush them (injured) to nearby hospital for treatment as fear for our lives. They will attack us if we go out,” they said.
They accused the college authorities of supporting the “unlawful assembly to harass, beat and threaten Kashmiri students”.
“There is no police or any security available. We are insecure and these goons are making rounds in campus with sharp-edged weapons,” they alleged.
Despite repeated attempts, no one responded on official landline numbers of the college.
Meanwhile, SSP Jammu, Sunil Gupta said that he had no information about the incident.
“However, I am sending a police team to ensure that no one is harassed.If any incident has occurred, let me assure that every student is safe,” Gupta told Greater Kashmir over phone.
Earlier, Kashmiri students enrolled in Yogananda College of Engineering and Technology Jammu also alleged that they were being harassed by the local students.