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Foreign students at Gujarat University attacked for offering namaz


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AHMEDABAD, March 17: The police have arrested two men and are looking for more after students hailing from different foreign countries were assaulted allegedly by a group of persons in the Gujarat University hostel in Ahmedabad for offering namaz there, police said on Sunday.
Two students-one from Sri Lanka and another from Tajikistan-were hospitalised after the incident which took place in the A-block hostel on Saturday night, they said.
An FIR was registered against 20-25 unidentified accused persons under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for rioting, unlawful assembly, voluntarily causing hurt, damage to property, and criminal trespass, among others, and two persons identified as Hitesh Mevada and Bharat Patel have been arrested so far, police said.
Nine teams have been formed to conduct a probe into the incident. Minister of State for Home Harsh Sanghavi held a meeting with police officers and directed them to take strict and judicial action in the matter, Malik said.
The incident was reported at around 10.50 pm on Saturday when nearly two dozen people barged into the Gujarat University’s hostel and raised an objection to students from foreign countries offering namaz in the facility where they stayed, the police officer said.
“Police will take strict action against all those involved in the incident. The overall monitoring of the case will be done by the Joint Commissioner of Police of the Crime Branch.The law and order situation is under control and nobody needs to worry,” he told mediapersons.He said that police have in the past taken strict action against elements, and will continue to do so in the future as well.
Several purported videos of the alleged incident have also surfaced showing people pelting stones, and in one incident a man is seen slapping a university staffer, Malik said.
He said that the police are verifying the authenticity of these videos.
There are around 300 international students enrolled at Gujarat University, including from Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Sri Lanka and countries in Africa, Malik said.
Nearly 75 of the international students stay in the A-block hostel of the university where the incident occurred, the officer said.
Govt taking strict action: MEA
Meanwhile, External affairs ministry spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said one of the two foreign students injured in the violence has been discharged from hospital.“An incidence of violence took place at Gujarat University in Ahmedabad yesterday. State government is taking strict action against the perpetrators,” he said on ‘X’.“Two foreign students were injured in the clash. One of them has been discharged from hospital after receiving medical attention,” he said. (PTI)


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