Kashmiri students in Punjab varsity allege intimidation, harassment; demand security

– Sarfaraz A Lone

Srinagar: Kashmiri students studying at a university in Punjab (India) on Monday alleged they were “harassed” and “threatened” by the local goons. They also held protest demonstration against the alleged intimidation.

Talking to a Srinagar-based news gathering agency GNS over phone, a group of Kashmiri students of Desh Bhagat University at Mandi Gobindgadh, Amloh in Punjab said, “Some locals last (Sunday) night (at around 11:30 pm) gathered outside our hostel rooms and started hurling abuses on Kashmiris studying in the varsity. They also tried to sneak inside our rooms but we immediately informed the local police who reached the spot and brought the situation under control.”

About 100 Kashmiri students are enrolled in the university and the incident has created a “sense of fear” among them. The students also expressed disappointment over the attitude of the varsity administration which “even didn’t bother to listen to us nor did they assure us of any safety”.

“Following the incident, we don’t sleep in our rooms nor have we eaten anything. We appeal the authorities particularly police to create a sense of security for us so that we can concentrate on our studies,” one of the students, Danish Ahmad, said.

Despite repeated attempts, the university warden could not be contacted.

When contacted, SHO Amloh, Punjab told GNS that they have taken cognizance of the report and have started investigations into the case.

“No one will be allowed to breach the law and stern action will be taken against those trying to vitiate the atmosphere in the area,” he said. (GNS)

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