17 Mar 2024

Gujarat University Incident: Police said This on Alleged Assault on Students for Offering Namaz; Owaisi Said This

Foreign students belonging to different countries were allegedly attacked by a group of unidentified assailants in the Gujarat University hostel in Ahmedabad for offering namaz in the facility's building on Saturday. 

Two of the students, one from Sri Lanka and other from Tajikistan, were severely injured due to the attack and are undergoing treatment in hospital. The Ahmedabad police have taken cognisance of the matter and have registered an FIR against the unidentified men. 

Numerous videos of the incident have circulated on social media, showing individuals pelting stones and damaging vehicles.

The police have issued a statement regarding the incident. Ahmedabad Police Commissioner GS Malik addressed the media, stating that approximately 300 foreign students, primarily from Africa, along with others from Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, and elsewhere, study at Gujarat University. 

Malik said that around 75 foreign students were offering Namaz outside their hostel's A Block at approximately 10:30 pm when a group of 20 to 25 people arrived. An altercation ensued, during which the outsiders threw stones and vandalized rooms.

Malik emphasized swift police response, with a PCR van arriving within five minutes of receiving a distress call at 10:51 pm. Nine police teams have been deployed, and an FIR has been filed against the alleged perpetrators. He assured that stringent action will be taken, overseen by the Joint Commissioner (Crime Branch).

Regarding the victims, Malik disclosed that two students, one from Sri Lanka and the other from Tajikistan, have been hospitalized.

Subsequently, Owaisi, the chief of AIMIM, criticized the incident as "collective fundamentalism." He took to social media, questioning whether the leadership of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah, both hailing from Gujarat, would intervene to send a strong message against such acts. 

Tagging Foreign Minister S Jaishankar, Owaisi highlighted concerns about the growing anti-Muslim sentiment tarnishing India's image internationally.

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