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Oppn walks out from Assembly on student’s assault in Haryana

The opposition MLAs today created a ruckus and staged a walkout from the Legislative Assembly over the issue of alleged assault on a Kashmiri Muslim student in Haryana.

As the House began proceedings this morning, CPI(M) MLA M Y Tarigami and NC MLA Ali Mohammed Sagar raised the issue and demanded a reply from the government.

“This is happening repeatedly now and then with the Kashmiri students. They are being beaten despite assurances by the government. They have failed to stop the assaults,” Sagar said.

The members of the NC, the Congress and the CPI(M) stood up and started protesting, asking the government to ensure the students’ safety.

While raising the issue, Tarigami said such incidents had serious implications.

“The prevailing uncertain situation in Kashmir gets compounded by such incidents…This is not an isolated incident against Kashmiris. In the past as well, similar incidents have happened in Rajasthan and other states. It is a hate campaign which has been unleashed on Kashmiri Muslims outside the state and has patronage of the ruling party in the country,” he alleged.

He said the House, cutting across political lines, should pass a resolution urging Prime Minister Narendra Modi to condemn such incidents in Parliament.

Tarigami said Modi should a assure safe environment for Kashmiri students, businessmen, labourers and others across the country.

He should also assure the people that such heinous crimes would be probed and those found involved be punished according to the law, he added.

The opposition demanded passage of the resolution in the House which was rejected by the Speaker. Following this, the MLAs staged a walkout from the House in protest.

The student hailing from north Kashmir’s Sopore area was allegedly beaten up by some fellow students near the campus of a private university in Haryana’s Ambala district, police said today.

The student, aged around 19 years, was thrashed by the accused in Mullana town in Ambala yesterday after which the university ordered suspension of one of the students.

“The student, who is pursuing an undergraduate course in radiology in the university located in Mullana town (near Ambala) and the other group of students had entered into an argument over some matter earlier,” SHO, Mullana Police Station, Inspector Rajesh Kumar said over phone.

The student from Kashmir sustained minor injury on his nose while the main accused suffered some scratches on his back, he said.

Kumar said the university administration had ordered the suspension of one of the youths allegedly involved in the incident.

The latest incident comes close on the heels of a similar incident in which two university students, residents of Jammu and Kashmir, were beaten up by some people in Haryana’s Mahendragarh.

The SHO said the student enrolled in the varsity in Mullana did not file a police complaint.

After the incident yesterday, a group of students from Kashmir enrolled in the varsity had sat on a protest.

However, after assurance from authorities concerned about their safety and security they dispersed.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had urged her Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar to ensure strict action in the case which took place in Mahendergarh.

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