The two Jammu and Kashmir students studying in a Haryana University said that soon after they came out of the mosque after offering the Friday's prayer in a Mosque in Mahendragarh district, a group of people started following them.
The clarification followed a statement by former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah in the Assembly in which he said that since the Army had filed a counter FIR, the state government should constitute a high-level Special Investigation Team to probe the incident.
A police official said, "We have identified six people and three of them have been arrested". "The moment we stopped our bike at Masani chowk, they came from behind and started beating us mercilessly", the students said. However, she did not disclose the particulars of first-time offenders due security reasons for them and their immediate families.
They said the opposition parties stressed that the government should have taken the opposition parties into confidence before taking any call on holding of panchayat polls in the State and slammed the government for making a surprise announcement last month about holding of panchayat polls from February 15 this year.
"The students have been beaten up because they are residents of Jammu and Kashmir".
But Ahmad said, "Yesterday we went to a market in Mahendragarh. We told the faculty about incident and lodged a complaint with the university", he added.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has described the Kashmir situation as "fragile" and after the killing of two youths in Shopian on January 27, she had said that such incidents derailed the state government's efforts to push forward the political process.
While talking about the case of two students who were assaulted in Mahendragarh area of Haryana on Friday, National Conference General Secretary Ali Sagar said that such incidents ill further alienate the youth of the valley. A final decision, sources said, will be taken at the cabinet meeting. "This is awful & goes against the spirit of what @PMOIndia @narendramodi ji said from the ramparts of the Red Fort".
Mehbooba hoped that "all shades of opinion" in Jammu and Kashmir would join the dialogue process initiated by the Centre's representative Dineshwar Sharma to "cut through the unending cycle of violence and uncertainty in the state".