Riyaz Ul Khaliq
Jammu and Kashmir Police have formally lodged First Information Report (FIR) in the incidents which have unfolded in Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University (BGSBU) in Pir Panjal region of state.
Two groups of students had broken in to fight resulting in violent clashes after a few Kashmiri students were beaten by local students of Poonch and Rajouri. The violence broke on Monday with four vehicles burnt down and other damages to University and private property.
Sources said that while local students remained away from the classwork on Tuesday, another Kashmiri student was physically assaulted in the evening in Rajouri city. The said student victim lives in a rented house and studies BTech in fourth semester.
Police Station Rajouri confirmed that an FIR has been lodged into the Tuesday late evening incident. “We have registered an FIR under no. 202 and RPC sections 341 and 323 have been invoked,” a cop from the Police Station told Kashmir Life over phone. “Sections 341 and 323 are invoked when miscreants come in way of a victim and is stopped then physically assaulted,” the cop said.
“When we came to know about it, we rushed to spot and took out a march to VC Secretariat,” a student told Kashmir Life over phone. “Police intervened and they took custody of the injured Kashmiri student. He was taken to hospital and later cops told us that an FIR has been registered, a copy of which was shown to us.”
The Kashmiri students said that they talked to Vice Chancellor again about the safety of the students. It is third incident since last Saturday that Kashmiri students were attacked in the varsity.
“The VC assured us safety and it was categorically rolled out that whosoever is found guilty of any crime in future will simply be booked and thrown out of University,” the students quoted VC as having said.
After the incident of thrashing of Kashmiri student, police bundled the belongings of around eleven Kashmiri students who are living on rent in Rajouri city and they were accommodated in BGSBU hostels, sources said. “However, there are many Kashmiri students who are still living either as Paying Guests or simply on rent in many parts of Rajouri because they can’t get hostel facilities in the varsity.”
Meanwhile, as classwork resumed Wednesday morning, locals from Rajouri and Poonch again chose to stay away from academics. “A few of Poonch students are attending classes,” a Kashmiri student informed, “the rouge elements are still absconding.”
The Kashmiri students who met Vice Chancellor and other administrative officials of BGSBU Monday late evening said that they demanded strict punishment to culprits. “We asked the varsity admin that strictly follow the BGSBU rules and throw out the rogue elements so that such incidents are not repeated.”
Prof Javed Musarrat, who took over as VC of BGSBU in October 2015, has asked for one week’s time to solve the issue. “Whosoever is guilty will face music; I constituted an enquiry team which will finish its job in one week,” students quoted VC as having said.
Attempts to reach Vice Chancellor BGSBU failed.