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After being labelled as “militants”, three Kashmiri students have been abused and beaten up in Mohali district of Punjab on the night of March 15.

The Kashmiri students were admitted in Civil Hospital after attacked by the local goons in Phase-6 of Mohali area.  Reports said that around 100 students and labourers from Jammu and Kashmir are living in village Chilla in sector 81 of Mohali.

“Abusing and labelling students from J&K as militants is a routine here, but the attack on the night of March 15 was terrible,” Sanjay Singh Thakur, one of the victims told a Srinagar based newspaper.

Sanjay son of Roshan Thakur is a resident of Batoli, Tehsil Gundoh in district Doda while two other students are Pardeep Singh and Kanwar Satyajeet—residents of Kishtwar.

“On March 15, at about 9 pm, son of the owner of his rented room—along with some local goons—asked Sanjay and other 50 students and labourers of Jammu and Kashmir to vacate his house. To this, we objected as we had paid the room rent about 15 days back. Moreover vacating rooms during the night was not possible,” he said. “Irked over our objection, they (local goons) hurled abuses and then started thrashing us with hockey sticks.

“One of them tried to murder me as he tied my neck with his Patka (Turban) but after locals came to our rescue, the goons escaped from the spot,” Singh said.

Although local police have registered a case against the assailants under FIR No 0066 of 2016 under sections 307, 323, 506, 34 of Indian Penal Code but till date none of them has been arrested.

The aggrieved students urged Governor of Jammu and Kashmir N N Vohra to intervene and take up the issue with the concerned government immediately.


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