In viral video, Hyd student fought over ‘prophet comment’

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In a viral video, a group of senior students from a private college in Hyderabad can be seen beating up another student identified as Himank Bansal. In the video, the students can be heard forcing him to sing “ALLA HU AKBAR”, in an attempt to get revenge on the victim who allegedly made derogatory comments against the Prophet. The students can be heard saying “go fix his ideology, beat him to a coma”, in the video.

According to the victim’s complaint, this incident took place on November 1 at ICFAI Business School, Shankarpalli. A case was filed yesterday and acting on the victim’s complaint, the police convicted the accused of robbery under Article 307 which is attempted murder and Articles 323, 450 and 506 of the ICC for intimidation criminal. The college administration suspended the accused. The authorities of the institute are under fire for delay in action.

Police meanwhile said a case had been filed against the students under the TS Robbery Prohibition Act. “On November 1, a few students from ICFAI Business School beat a student in the campus hostel room for his alleged remarks against the Prophet Muhammad. He was instigated to raise slogans of ‘Jai Mata Di’& ‘Allah Hu Akbar’. Case registered under the TS Ragging Prohibition Act: SHO Shankarpally,” ANI reported.

Meanwhile, several social media users criticized the college. “Shouldn’t #ICFAI also be held accountable. They are their students and the management did not act here. No action from management,” one user tweeted.

BJP State General Secretary tweeted: “Himank Bansal student at IFHE Hyderabad was assaulted and forced to sing ‘Allah Hu akbar’ on campus by senior students of another religion. IFHE falls under the Hyderabad parliamentary constituency of @asadowaisi but not a single word from him yet! Moreover, no media reported this case.

Another user tweeted: “If these students are not suspended, strict action must be taken. Against the management of ICFAI to lead by example. This is their small step to promote jihad,” while another said: “Shocking and shameful…”

In a similar case in Andhra Pradesh, police arrested four engineering students from a private PA college for allegedly beating and assaulting a classmate inside a hostel. The incident came to light after a video went viral where several students are seen beating the victim with sticks even as he wilts in pain and begs them to stop.

The accused was seen forcing the student to remove his t-shirt while continuing the assault in the video. The accused and victim are students of SRKR Engineering College, Bhimavaram, Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh. They are currently studying computer science in college.

According to reports, the four defendants beat Ankit and burned him for his friendship with a female student. Bhimavaram II Town Police Station Circle Inspector Krishna Kumar said the four were arrested and brought before a local court before being taken into custody.

Until the time of writing this news, there were no updates from the authorities. News18.com is trying to get in touch with officials and news will be updated.

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