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Blame game erupts after Kashmiri student attacked in Bhopal

A day after a Kashmiri student was allegedly attacked on Barakatullah University campus in Bhopal, a blame game erupted on Tuesday.

bhopal Updated: Jul 19, 2016 22:12 IST
Shruti Tomar, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
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Kashmiri students protest outside the V-C’s office at Barkatullah University in Bhopal on Monday.(Mujeeb Faruqui/HT photo)

A day after a Kashmiri student was allegedly attacked on Barakatullah University campus in Bhopal, a blame game erupted on Tuesday.

Research scholar Umar Rashid alleged that the university administration was trying to shield those attacked him, while varsity registrar HS Triptahi said the student was not telling them what happened exactly.

There were allegations of negligence against the university as the union home ministry two months ago sent a directive to state governments that educational institutes should ensure safety of students hailing from Jammu and Kashmir.

Acting on the directive, higher education department’s commissioner Umakant Umrao asked universities to make necessary arrangements for safety of Kashmiris studying in Madhya Pradesh.

Rashid, who is pursuing PhD at sociology department, was attacked on Monday allegedly after he told a group of people that he hails from Kashmir’s Pampore.

University registrar HS Triptahi on Tuesday said: “We have informed the police about the incident. But how would we take action without any written complaint. The student is not telling us what happened exactly.”

On the other hand, Rashid said: “The university administration is trying to shield students, who attacked me. There was a witness, who is from Bhopal. There was a mark on my body. The BU administration is ignoring the issue.”

“I had been come to Bhopal in 2009 for studies. But I never feel insecure here. On Monday, I was attacked in front of security guards and other students. Authorities didn’t do anything against attackers and instead they call me a liar,” he said.

“I don’t want to lodge an FIR as I can’t visit the city again for the case. I told it to the police too. I am ready to help BU administration in lodging a complaint,” said Rashid.

On Monday, vice-chancellor MD Tiwari dismissed Rashid’s allegations as a lie.

Following Monday’s incident, students from Kashmir are concerned about their safety in the state.

Irfan Rashid, who hails from Anantnag, said: “We want proper safety on the campus. Our family members are worried about us and asking us to return.”

Asif Ali from Kulgam said: “The university administration put different rules on Kashmiri students. We have to carry our identity cards every time because we are asked to show it anytime on the campus and outside the campus. But, the attack without any reason is matter of concern for us.”

First Published: Jul 19, 2016 22:12 IST