Six Injured As Mob Attacks Students, Teachers During a Picnic in Budgam

July 15

Sajad Hameed/ Faisal Bashir

Six people including two girls and a teacher were injured when a group of youth armed with rods and canes attacked school picnickers at Raiyar village in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Saturday evening.

A Police official speaking to The Kashmiriyat said that Police have registered a case and massive hunt has been launched to nab the culprits involved in the incident.

Locals said that the incident occurred on Saturday evening when the students and teachers of Hanfia Model Higher Secondary School (HMHSS), Kreeri in Baramulla district, were returning from Doodpathri after a daylong picnic.

“One of our buses broke down and we were trying to push it off the road at Raiyar.  In the meantime, some students including girls alighted from the bus to buy eatables from the market. However, some local youth started filming the girls to which our Administrative Officer Mohammad Assadullah Dar objected. They got furious and grabbed him by his collar”, Jahangir Ahmad, a teacher told The Kashmiriyat.

Soon a scuffle ensued and the youth armed with canes and rods starting thrashing the students and teachers.

“They refused to listen to us. Soon they were joined by some locals and shopkeepers.

A local lady threw a chair at Assadullah,” said Dr Bashir Ahmad, Director Academics of the school.

“Our physical teacher, Sheikh Irfan has received serious head injuries. He is being treated in Sher-i- Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Soura.

He has developed a clot in his head,” he added.

Doctors at SKIMS said the patient has been shifted to surgical observation ward. “Patient was referred from SDH Khansahb as a case of assault with head injury. NCCT head showing parietooccipital EDH with parietotemporal contusions. Patient belongs to Kreeri Baramulla and was on picnic to Doodhpathri when the incident happened”, reads a SKIMS report.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Budgam, Amod Nagpuri Told The Kashmiriyat they have registered an FIR under relevant sections of the law.

“The investigation is going on.

We would be approaching the school authorities to inquire what actually happened,” he added.

Governor’s Advisor Khurshid Ahmad Ganai said that he would look into the matter.

“I am not aware of the incident. I will talk to director and ask him to pursue the case with Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) and Deputy Commissioner (DC),” he said.

Meanwhile, panic-stricken the students have demanded stern punishment to the culprits.

“We had a narrow escape. We urge the concerned authorities to initiate action against those involved in the incident,” said Morifat Ahmad, a student.