Kashmiri students forced to shout anti-Pakistan slogans

Students says they don’t feel safe in India

NEW DELHI – At least three Kashmiri students of a private university in India were beaten up and forced to shout ‘anti-Pakistan’ slogans by fellow students, Hindustan Times newspaper reported.

The incident occurred at an apartment block in Sector Pi that serves as a common hostel for BTech students of various universities in Noida. Six students, all attending private colleges, barged into the room of Kashmiri students, beat them and forced them to shout slogans against Pakistan.

The paper reported that around 100 Kashmiri students residing there agitated outside the society with bags packed. “We don’t feel safe here. Those boys were completely drunk when they entered our room. We called the police but they did not get here on time,” Hindustan Times quoted a Kashmir student as saying.

“By the time we were informed of the incident, the students had been shifted to another hostel. We have informed the university officials about the incident and they have decided to form an enquiry committee,” said Anurag Singh, the deputy superintendent of police in Noida.

“Around 100 Kashmiri students of our university have been shifted to a new hostel. We are taking all measures for their safety. We have also set up an enquiry committee,” said Utkarsh Chandra, vice-president of the Noida International University.

In March, a university in UP had packed off 67 students from Kashmir to their homes for celebrating Pakistan’s victory over India in a cricket match. Days later, on March 8, six students of Sharda University in Greater Noida were expelled from hostel for involvement in a brawl after an India-Pakistan cricket match.

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