Four Kashmiri students beaten up in Chhattisgarh, ‘attacked with knifes, rods’

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Srinagar, Feb 14: Four Kashmiri student were allegedly beaten in Raipur Chhattisgarh on Wednesday evening. Reports said that four students hailing from Bandipora district of north Kashmir were allegedly thrashed by a mob of 30-40 people in Raipur area of Chhattisgarh last night.
The students who were thrashed by a mob were identified Faisal Ahmad Parray son of Mohammad Akabar Parray, Zahid Afazal wani, son of Mohammad Afzal Wani, Naveed Ahmad Hajam son of Nazir Ahmad Hajam, Mohsin Salam Rather son of Abdul Salam Rather. Reports said that all four students are resident of Bandipora district of North Kashmir.
Reports said that, all four students few months ago went to Chhattisgarh for six months undertaking Himayat training at Raipur Chattisgarh in Disha Institute of Management & Technology, under Himayat.
One of the injured student said that a group of non-Kashmiri boys came and thrashed and beaten us mercilessly without nay rhyme and reason, when we were in Canteen.
The victims alleged that they were targeted because they were Kashmiris. “It was a planned attack and the accused were carrying Knives and iron rods,” said one of the victims.
Another student who was thrashed said that a group of goons knocked me down and started punching on my face and stomach and hitting on my knees. “They thrashed me with iron rods and knives, I was beaten to pulp,” he added. He further said that, “I tried to escape from Canteen but I could not. We are being beaten for no reason. Our only problem is that we are Kashmiris.”
Police have taken cognizance of the incident and investigation is currently underway. Meanwhile, parents of these Kashmiri students urged the state government to intervene in this regard to ensure safety of their kids in Chhattisgarh State. (KNS)