Srinagar, Feb 3: Three persons have been arrested in connection with assault on Kashmiri students by Harayana police on Saturday.
“We have arrested three among the six identified persons. They too will be arrested very soon,” Director General of Police (DGP) B.S. Sandhu, IPS, Harayana told Srinagar-based news agency GNS.
He said that the persons were identified from the footage which was already procured by the police.
Station House officer (SHO) Mahendergarh, Inspector Ramesh Kumar identified three arrested as Arvind, Suresh, Satveer. He said that three other accused persons include Pankaj, Ram Niyas, Yogesh.
Aftab Ahmad and Amjad Ali, students of Central University of Haryana claimed that they were thrashed by a group of unidentified people yesterday “for no reason”.
“We have constituted a SIT headed by IGP Dr CS Roy and have procured a video clip which will help us to identify those responsible”, Sandhu had said on Friday evening, adding that strict action will be taken against those found involved.
The IGP, he had said will also interact with the students who have been beaten.
The students of Harayana central university were beaten while returning to campus after offering Friday prayers. The incident took place Mahendergarh town.
Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Abdul Rehman Veeri today informed the House that following the State Government’s intervention, a case has been registered and investigations started into the incident of attack on some J&K students at the Central University Mahendragarh in Haryana.
Responding to the point of information raised by Legislators Altaf Ahmad Wani and G M Saroori and joined by other members, the Minister said that immediately after the incident was reported, J&K’s Principal Secretary Home on the directions of Chief Minister contacted Home Secretary of Haryana and Deputy Commissioner Mahendragarh.
He said a case has been registered and investigation is taken up by the Mahendragarh police into the incident. Besides, the DGP J&K also took up the matter with DGP Haryana. So far, 3 persons have been arrested and further action is being taken against the persons involved.
Giving details, the Minister said that reports were received that 2 students namely Aftab and Amjad residents of Rajouri studying in Central University Mahendragarh in Haryana were attacked by some miscreants thereby causing minor injuries to them.
Soon after the reports, the chief minister Mehbooba Mufti and her predecessor Omar Abdullah took to twitter and condemned the assault.
“Shocked & disturbed to hear reports of Kashmiri students being assaulted in Mahendargarh, Haryana,” had tweeted Mehbooba and urged authorities to investigate and take strict action.
Omar Abdullah also reacted sharply and termed the incident against the spirit of Prime Minister Narender Modi’s speech on August 15 calling for embracing Kashmiris
“This is terrible & goes against the spirit of what @PMOIndia @narendramodi ji said from the ramparts of the Red Fort. I hope the authorities in Haryana act quickly against this violence,” had tweeted Omar Abdullah who is also working president of National Conference and leader of opposition in state legislative assembly.
Following the tweets, Director General of Police (DG), J&K, SP Vaid had said that he has taken the matter with their counterparts in Haryana.
“In touch with DGP Harayana. Police is taking cognizance of the incident,” DGP had tweeted.
Meanwhile, with regard to another incident of detention of Kashmiri student by railway police, the Minister informed the House that a group of students from SKUAST after completing their training course at Bhopal boarded a train from Bhopal to Delhi.
Reportedly, in the train a woman clicked a photograph with a caption which created confusion in which railway police detained one of the students Muhammad Idrees of Anantnag district, he said.
However, on the intervention of SKUAST and police authorities, the student has been released and is on his way back to Kashmir, the Minister informed. (GNS)