The latest episode of attack on the two Kashmiri students, studying Geography at the Central University of Haryana in Mahendragarh, about 100 km from New Delhi, reaffirms the threat faced by people of the strife-torn state in India itself.
Commenting on the matter, J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said that she was "shocked and disturbed" by the tragic incident. Both the students were rushed to hospital and later discharged. After we came out of the mosque, we noticed some people following us.
When they asked the attackers why they were being thrashed, the students didn't receive any response, they said. "We told faculty about the incident and lodged a complaint with the university", the student added.
The police identified six persons involved in the incident on the basis of CCTV footage, said a Hindustan Times (HT) report quoting Mahendragarh superintendent of police (SP) Kamaldeep Goyal.
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"My friend somehow managed to escape, but the group of men continued to attack me", said Ahmed, adding: "We kept asking them what has happened and what did we do but they kept beating us".
Haryana Police on Saturday said that the attack on the Kashmiri students was not targeted and it happened due to misunderstanding. "I urge the authorities to investigate and take strict action", Mehbooba tweeted, requesting Khattar to order a probe.
The case was registered under several sections of the Indian Penal Code for rioting, unlawful assembly, wrongful restraint and voluntarily causing hurt.
Mr. Khan said the Cabinet would consider the views gathered on Sunday and "take a final call".
Only Ghulam Hasan Mir of Jammu and Kashmir's Democratic Party Nationalist and legislators from Jammu believed that panchayat polls should be conducted in the state.
The assault was also condemned by former J&K CM Omar Abdullah.
Mehbooba hoped that "all shades of opinion" in Jammu and Kashmir would join the dialogue process initiated by the Centre's representative Dineshwar Sharma to "cut through the unending cycle of violence and uncertainty in the state".