“I went out and saw that around 40 people had dragged these students out of their apartments and were beating them ruthlessly.”

SRINAGAR — Three Kashmiri students were allegedly thrashed by locals in the Kharar area of Mohali in Punjab on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday.

The students pursuing Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (BBA) at a private University in Punjab, were allegedly dragged out of their rooms by the locals and thrashed.

Sheikh, who wanted to be identified by his surname only, said that his friend who lives in a nearby colony called him in the middle of the night and disconnected the call instantly. 

He said that after some time his friend came running to him, gasping and frightened.He couldn’t talk and was repeating maar rahe hein,” Sheikh said.

Sheikh couldn’t understand what was happening but sensed that something was wrong.

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I went out and saw that around 40 people had dragged these students out of their apartments and were beating them ruthlessly,” he said.

The students were later hospitalized for treatment as they had suffered severe injuries.

A spokesperson of the Jammu and Kashmir Students’ Association, Nasir Khuehami, said, that he was in touch with the students and was working on the issue to be resolved.

They were thrashed and people in the locality alleged that they were creating noise,” Nasir quoted police.

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The students, however, denied the police statement. “Even if we were making noise, that doesn’t call for violence against us.”

Recently, a number of incidents have been reported in which Kashmiri students were thrashed.

More recently, in October, after Pakistan defeated India in a T20 world cup match, Kashmiri students at different places across mainland India were beaten up and even booked for sedition.

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