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A mob allegedly attacked worldwide college students providing namaz inside their hostel at Gujarat College

Ahmedabad:

5 worldwide college students had been injured after a mob stormed a Gujarat College hostel final evening and attacked college students from African international locations, Afghanistan and Uzbekistan, allegedly for providing namaz. State dwelling minister Harsh Sanghavi has reportedly spoken to Gujarat’s high law enforcement officials and directed them to arrest the accused as quickly as doable and guarantee a good probe.

The scholars have stated that there isn’t any mosque on the Ahmedabad-based campus, so that they had gathered contained in the hostel to supply taraweeh – a namaz supplied at evening throughout Ramadan. Quickly after, a mob armed with sticks and knives stormed the hostel, attacked them and vandalised their rooms, the scholars have alleged. The scholars have stated the safety guard of the hostel tried to cease the mob, however failed.

A pupil from Afghanistan stated individuals within the mob raised slogans and requested them who had allowed them to supply namaz within the hostel. “They attacked us contained in the rooms too. They broke laptops, telephones and broken bikes,” he stated.

The coed stated the 5 injured college students embrace one every from Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Turkmenistan and two from African international locations. “The mob had fled by the point police arrived. The injured college students are in hospital and have knowledgeable the embassies.”

Visuals shared on social media confirmed broken bikes, damaged laptops and ravaged rooms. In a number of the visuals, persons are seen throwing stones on the hostel and hurling abuses on the abroad college students. Within the visuals, the worldwide college students are heard saying that they’re “scared” and that “that is unacceptable”.

In one of many movies, a teen within the mob is heard asking a safety guard, “Why are they providing namaz, is that this the place?” At this level, a pupil screams, approaches the teen and assaults him. Some customers on social media have claimed this triggered the mob violence.

Hyderabad MP and All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen chief Asaduddin Owaisi has slammed the incident and requested if Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Residence Minister Amit Shah will intervene.

“What a disgrace. When your devotion and non secular slogans solely come out when Muslims peacefully apply their faith. While you change into unexplainably indignant on the mere sight of Muslims. What is that this, if not mass radicalisation? That is the house state of @AmitShah & @narendramodi, will they intervene to ship a robust message? I’m not holding my breath. @DrSJaishankar home anti-Muslim hatred is destroying India’s goodwill,” he stated in a publish on X.

Ahmedabad metropolis police commissioner GS Malik stated they’ve began an investigation. “About 300 abroad college students examine right here. They’re from Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, and African international locations. A few of them had been providing namaz on the terrace yesterday. Some individuals got here and requested why they had been doing so and that they need to provide namaz at a mosque. This led to a heated trade and a combat. The outsiders then threw stones and vandalised the hostel rooms.”

The senior officer stated police reached the spot quickly after they acquired a name. “Now we have shaped 9 groups and examine this. Now we have recognized one particular person. A grievance has been acquired in opposition to 20-25 individuals and an FIR registered. We are going to scan the movies doing the rounds. We are going to take strict motion in opposition to these concerned,” he stated, including that the scenario is beneath management. 

Gujarat College Vice-Chancellor Dr Neerja A Gupta instructed the media that there was some pressure between these within the mob and a few abroad college students, and yesterday’s occasions led to an escalation. “The matter is beneath police investigation now,” she stated.

Dr Gupta stated that since these college students are from abroad, they have to be skilled in “cultural sensitivity”. “These are international college students and while you go overseas, you will need to be taught cultural sensitivity. These college students want an orientation. We are going to sit with them, present cultural orientation and focus on the way to strengthen their safety.”

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