Pakistan: 15 Hindu students from Punjab University injured during Holi celebrations
Around 15 Hindu students were injured when they were allegedly prevented from celebrating Holi on the campus of Punjab University by members of an extremist Islamic student organization in Pakistan. Holi, the festival of colors, is celebrated to mark the beginning of spring.
The incident took place on Monday at the Punjab University Law College, when around 30 Hindu students had gathered to celebrate Holi. “When students gathered on the lawn of the law college, activists of the Islami Jamiat Tulba (IJT) forcibly stopped them from celebrating Holi, leading to a clash in which 15 Hindu students were injured,” said Kashif Brohi, a university student. student and an eyewitness. said
Brohi claimed that he had taken prior permission from the university administration. Khet Kumar, who suffered injuries on his hand, said he was beaten by university guards when he was protesting outside the Vice-Chancellor’s office against the treatment meted out to him by the IJT members.
“We have filed an application with the police against the IJT and the security guards who are involved in beating and torturing us, but no FIR has been registered yet,” Kumar said. When contacted by PTI, IJT (Punjab University) spokesperson Ibrahim Shahid denied the involvement of his students in the incident.
“None of the students involved in the altercation with Hindu students belong to the IJT,” he said and added the ‘Quran reading’ organized by the IJT at the law college. Punjab University spokesperson Khurram Shahzad told PTI that the university administration had not given permission to celebrate Holi in the Law College lawn.
“There would be no problem if the celebrations were held indoors,” he said. Shahzad said that the VC has ordered an inquiry into the matter.
(With inputs from PTI)
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