Gujarat University namaz row: 25 men booked for assaulting foreign students | Top Updates

Nearly 20-25 men have been booked for assaulting foreign students for offering namaz inside Gujarat University Hostel on Saturday, March 16

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Updated17 Mar 2024, 05:34 PM IST
A screenshot from the viral video of the incident that took place at the Gujarat University hostel. Foreign students have alleged that they were attacked by a mob for offering namaz inside university hostel
A screenshot from the viral video of the incident that took place at the Gujarat University hostel. Foreign students have alleged that they were attacked by a mob for offering namaz inside university hostel

Foreign students of different countries were assaulted by a group of persons 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 the other from Tajikistan, were severely injured due to the attack and are undergoing treatment in a hospital. The Ahmedabad police have taken cognisance of the matter and have registered an FIR against the unidentified men.

Gujarat University namaz row: What has happened so far?

-Students hailing from different foreign countries were assaulted allegedly by a group of persons in the Gujarat University hostel in Ahmedabad for offering namaz in the facility's building, police said on Sunday.

-An FIR was registered against 20-25 people and nine teams of security personnel were formed to conduct a probe into the incident, Police Commissioner GS Malik said.

-The incident was reported at around 10.50 pm on Saturday when nearly two dozen people barged into the (government-run) Gujarat University's hostel and raised an objection to students from Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and other countries offering namaz in the facility where they stayed, Malik said.

-The Vice Chancellor of Gujarat University, Neerja Arun Gupta has said that the investigation in the matter is underway and the police are trying to investigate the trigger points based on the viral videos of the clashes.

“Last night at around 10.30 pm, an incident took place in the hostel where the foreign students stay. Around 300 students study here. 75 of them stay in the A block, dedicated to foreign students. There was a clash between two groups after which, the issue escalated. Some foreign students were injured. An FIR has been registered. The police and the government have taken this issue seriously,” she told ANI.

-The incident was reported around 10:50 pm on Saturday after an altercation broke out between unidentified men and University students from Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and other countries offering namaz in the facility where they stayed.

-Around 300 international students are studying at Gujarat University, including those from Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Sri Lanka and countries in Africa.

-"Some 20-25 people entered the hostel premises and objected to the international students offering namaz there, asking them to do so in a mosque. They argued over the issue, assaulting them and hurling stones," Malik said.

-Two students, one from Sri Lanka and another from Tajikistan were severely injured in the incident and have been undergoing treatment in hospital. Nine teams have been formed, including four from the crime branch and five from local police under DCP, to conduct a probe into the case.

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First Published:17 Mar 2024, 05:34 PM IST
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