Had Barakatullah University (BU) administration in Bhopal been alert and not in denial mode after Monday’s attack on a Kashmiri student on the campus, the second such incident on Wednesday could have been avoided.
Even the state government failed to take notice of the incident in BU and the result was the second attack on Wednesday.
Two such incidents in the past three days was a result of the BU administration shutting its eyes to right-wing groups’ campaign to “convey a message that if turmoil in the Kashmir valley continues, Kashmiris will not be allowed to study peacefully in Madhya Pradesh”.
Research scholar Sajjad Ahmed, who hails from Kupwara, was attacked on Wednesday outside the varsity campus, two days after another research scholar Umar Rashid, from Pampore, was attacked on the campus.
Despite complaints and protests by Kashmiri students after the first attack, vice-chancellor and registrar didn’t take any action and dubbed it a fake case. After the incident, vice-chancellor MD Tiwari said: “Nothing happened. The Kashmiri student is lying. He is raising an issue unnecessarily.”
It’s a reprisal of attacks in the valley: Bajrang Dal
Talking to HT, Bajrang Dal co-convener Sushil Sodale admitted that the attacks on Kashmiri students were carried out by BU students with support of Bajrang Dal cadres.
Sodale said: “It’s a reprisal of attacks in the valley. Our people are not safe in Jammu & Kashmir. Kashmiri students are studying here safely. By attacking them, we want to convey a message that if turmoil in the valley continues, Kashmiri students will not be allowed to study peacefully in Madhya Pradesh.”
“On Monday, a student was attacked by our people as he was passing some anti-national comments. Similar thing happened on Wednesday. We want to warn them,” he added.
The Kashmiri students alleged that the BU administration was shielding the accused by not take any action.
Rashid said the second attack could have been averted had the BU administration been alert and taken serious note of the attack on him.
The BU administration showed callous attitude despite the union home ministry directing educational institutes across India to deal with complaints of Kashmiri students carefully and sensitively.