SRINAGAR: Kashmiri students who had gone to Bhopal to appear in M.Ed examination Thursday alleged that Punjab police harassed them and demanded money from them while they were travelling in train through Ludhiana city.
Students were returning home after appearing in the examination at Barkatullah University, Bhopal when the incident took place.
Students said on phone that the Punjab police arrested a Kashmir student Syed Irfan Hussain, a resident of Dooru Sopore on the pretext that he was carrying a cigarette packet while travelling in train, which they claimed was an offence.
They handcuffed him and tried to take him along but when other Kashmiri students resented, they (police) demanded Rs 5,000 as ransom in exchange for his release, a student said.
He said that all the Kashmiri students contributed from their pocket money to collect the demanded sum but only managed to raise Rs 3,000.
Punjab police personnel acted as extortionists and took away all the cash and valuables of the apprehended student, the student alleged.
Despite repeated attempts, Police Commissioner Ludhiana, Paramjit Singh Gill could not be contacted, however, a top police official from Punjab DGs office said that they would look into the matter.
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