MOHALI: A disliked like of a Kashmiri student from Lalru has prepared the district administration to send 100 of his friends home before a wave of hate crime sweeping the country since the Valentine’s Day terror attack at slaps them.
On February 14, a suicide bomber blew up a paramilitary bus carrying more than 40 soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir. Soon after, a 21-year-old engineering student liked an offensive post on the social media.
The like provoked a mob to invade the Universal Group of Institutions on Wednesday to thrash the boy and threaten all Kashmiri students putting up with him as tenants to quit Lalru. Feeling unsafe on the campus since, many Kashmiri students have requested the administration for evacuation.
A student of the institute said: “My friend and a few other Kashmiri students were going to the management when some locals came over and threatened them to vacate their rented houses. Ten-odd people from that group returned to the institute, later, and thrashed my friend.” Police claim it was only “a minor scuffle”. Lalru station house officer inspector Gurcharan Singh said: “We went to institute and found out that a student suspended two months ago had posted a nasty comment against the Army and a campus student had liked it. On Wednesday, a group of locals caught hold of the second boy and told him to call the offender. It led to an argument and now 100 Kashmiri students have requested to go back.” Jammu and Kashmir Students Organisation president Khwaja Itrat said: “We are getting regular calls from our members on campus that sarpanches and panches are after them to leave. We want no trouble, so it’s better we go.”