When Students Got Mudassir Freed

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HYDERABAD: Twenty-nine-year-old student Mudassir Kamran, who hanged himself in his hostel room at the Eflu campus on Saturday night, is from Pulwama district in Kashmir while Wasim Salim, with whom he had a quarrel before committing suicide, is a native of Pune.

The two had been roommates for the last few years. “It’s common for small quarrels to happen among friends. When Wasim approached the university authorities to settle the quarrel, the proctor made him write a police complaint against Mudassir,,” said Sandeep Patil, a friend of Mudassir, describing the events.

“Later, when he was taken to the police station, we students had to go to the police and get him released,” Sandeep told this newspaper.

As the Eflu students alleged that the victim Mudassir was discriminated on the basis of his region, the police has taken a serious note in this regard and decided to approach the issue with all sensitivity.

The campus boiled with angry protests from students and faculty who blame university proctor Harish Vijra for allegedly creating conditions for the student to commit suicide.

The Osmania University police have booked a case against Vijra, who teaches Russian at the university, under Section 306 of the Indian Penal Code for abetment of suicide. Student protesters have called for a two-day bandh on the campus demanding the dismissal of the proctor and the vice-chancellor.

They allege that the proctor discriminated against Mudassir because he was from Kashmir.

“He failed to settle a small quarrel between two friends, and called local police after verbally abusing Mudassir, which eventually led to the tragedy. If the matter was settled on the campus, he wouldn’t have committed suicide. The proctor has always had a discriminatory attitude toward students as per their region and religion. That is why we filed a complaint against him with the police,” said a student of the English department. Deccan Chronicle

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