A First Information Report was lodged against two persons for attacking Kashmiri students at the government medical college in Jammu on Monday.
The attackers were outsiders and one of the victim students was seriously injured and shifted to hospital subsequently.
“An FIR has been lodged against the culprits involved in the GMC Jammu incident, where Kashmiri students were intimidated. The authorities have stated that strict action will be taken against those who are found guilty of such behavior. The police have launched a manhunt to apprehend the attackers, and the main accused, JP and Chandiyal, are expected to be arrested soon,” the Jammu and Kashmir Students Association said.
Earlier, SSP Jammu, Chandan Kohli said that there has been an incident of scuffle between some students and outsiders in GMC Hostel, Jammu. “The police have taken cognizance of the matter and an investigation is going on,” he said.
In a statement, the association had said it received distressing calls from GMC Jammu, reporting that a group of Kashmiri students have been injured as a result of a recent altercation over ‘The Kerala Story’ issue.
“One student was attacked with an iron rod and sustained head injuries with 12 stitches,” the association statement mentioned.
Meanwhile, the former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba accused government of India of promoting and encouraging violence through movies stoking communal fires.
“Shocking that GOI promotes & encourages violence through movies stoking communal fires. The blood of innocents is being spilled to quench the BJPs insatiable thirst for petty electoral dividends. Request @OfficeOfLGJandK ji to take cognisance & punish the culprits”, Mehbooba tweeted.
Omar Abdullah said, “Very distressing images of gunda elements targeting Kashmiri students in Jammu @JmuKmrPolice must take cognisance of this & ensure those responsible are brought to book. @OfficeOfLGJandK must ensure this is done in a time-bound manner & reassure students that their safety will not be compromised at the alter of politics.”
The association convenor, Nasir Khuehami, had told KIF that they have raised the issue with the JK Lieutenant Governor’s office and ADGP Jammu Mukesh Singh to ensure that those responsible for the thrashing incident of MBBS students are brought to justice.
Khuehami added that they are working closely with the authorities to ensure that such incidents do not occur again in the future.
In response, Lieutenant Governor’s Media Advisor Yatish Yadav emphasized that there is zero tolerance towards anyone who tries to disturb communal harmony. We have been assured that timely action will be taken, and a special security meeting will be held to address this incident, Khuehami said while quoting ADGP Jammu Mukesh Singh.
Meanwhile, Authorities on Monday rusticated 10 students from Government Medical College (GMC) hostel here for two months and also debarred them from attending classes till the completion of an inquiry following a scuffle over ‘The Kerala Story’ movie.
GMC Principal Shashi Sudhan Sharma also requested Senior Superintendent of Police, Jammu, to take all precautionary measures, including deployment of additional police personnel around the hostel and college premises, to avoid any law and order problem.
Five medical students suffered injuries after a scuffle broke out between two groups over the film at the boys’ hostel of the GMC here on Sunday night, triggering protests and demands for an inquiry to punish the culprits.
“As per the report of the wardens of the boys’ hostel, 10 students (involved in the scuffle) have been rusticated from the hostel for two months and also debarred from attending classes till the completion of the inquiry by the disciplinary committee of the institute,” Sharma said in a statement.
She said the report of the hostel warden has been forwarded to the disciplinary committee of the institution for inquiry, which has to be completed within seven days.