NEW DELHI: Two students from Jammu and Kashmir were thrashed by nearly 15 people this evening in Haryana’s Mahendragarh. The two boys – Geography students at the Central University of Haryana in Mahendragarh, about 100 km from New Delhi – had gone to the market after offering Friday prayers when they were surrounded and assaulted with sticks.

“They had gone to get some utility items… Around 15 people surrounded them and were beaten mercilessly,” a fellow student, Rehaan, told NDTV, adding that the attack was unprovoked.

The two students, while they were being assaulted for nearly 10 minutes, kept asking why they were being targeted, but did not receive any response, he added.

Both the students were rushed to hospital and later discharged. They received injuries on their face and bruises on arms and legs; their photos circulated on social media.

A police case has been filed in Mahendragarh against the assaulters. “Haryana Police has taken cognizance… One of our officers is in touch with the boys as well,” Jammu and Kashmir Police officer said. J&K Director General of Police Shesh Paul Vaid said he is in touch with the top cop in Haryana over the case.

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