Pakistani student in Indian university beaten with iron rods at night

Ali Raza Hassan

LAHORE – The father of Pakistani student in India has confirmed that ‘unknown’ miscreants attacked his son Ali Hassan Raza in Pondicherry University with iron rods and received serious injuries on back and neck.

The father of Ali Hassan Raza confirmed on Tuesday that his son would soon be shifted to Indian capital New Delhi.

He maintained that his son was never involved in any political or communal activity and had friendly relations with everyone around.

However, the Indian police said Ali Hassan Raza, 24, a student of Unesco Madanjeet Singh Institute for South Asia Regional Cooperation (Unesco Misarc) in the university, was sleeping in his room at the Sir C V Raman Hostel on the campus when three unidentified people armed with iron rods barged into the room and attacked him around 4am on Tuesday.

Raza, who attempted to defend himself, raised an alarm. He sustained injuries in his neck and back. The attackers escaped even before other students came to his rescue.

The students generally do not lock their rooms during night due to extreme hot conditions.

Raza underwent treatment at Puducherry Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) and later at Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (Jipmer). He lodged a complaint with the Kalapet police, who registered a case and began inquiries.

The Pakistani national said the attackers were of his age and added that they might be the students of the university. However, he declared that he did not have any previous enmity with other students.

The police suspect that it might be a case of mistaken identity.

“Preliminary inquiries revealed that Raza is an amicable student without any previous enmity with any section of students. He ruled out the possibility of any section of students nurturing hatred against him. We have begun a detailed probe. We suspect that the attackers might have mistaken him for someone,” said investigating officer and sub-inspector V Sivakumar.

Raza is the first and only Pakistani student in Pondicherry University.

Police booked three unidentified people under sections 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 341

(punishment for wrongful restraint), 342 (punishment for wrongful confinement) and 448 (punishment for house-trespass) read with 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the IPC and launched a hunt for them.

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