Four Kashmiri students had an innocent get-together in mind when they started cooking in their hostel room in Mewar University in Chittorgarh. News spread like wildfire that the students were cooking beef in their room and a mob gathered outside their door. The four students — Shakib Ashraf, Hilal Farukh, Mohammad Makbool and Shaukat Ali — were beaten up by an angry mob and later arrested.
The meat samples collected from their hostel room were tested in the laboratory and proved that it wasn't beef. According to The Indian Express, the police is claiming that they had picked up the students to save them from the angry mob.
The Indian Express report suggests members of the Bajrang Dal were involved in the incident.
A police officer deployed at the university was quoted saying that it was imperative to placate the mob or else "no one can say what would have happened," the report added. The students were arrested as a "preventive measure."
Protesters had taken to streets and a meat shop was burnt down. Security in the town and university had to be stepped after the incident.
The local court had released the students on Wednesday night with a warning that they will be under watch. In fact, one of the students said that though they were initially scared, the situation got better with the police intervention.
"The police didn't take us when the incident happened. We went to the Registrar's office and they asked us which meat that was and from where we had bought this. They asked us to show the shop from where we bought it and they took us along with them and we remained in custody for around 26 hours and it was a quite friendly atmosphere," the student said after their release.
Meanwhile, the police filed a case a local student for allegedly spreading the rumour. Chittorgarh superintendent of police PK Khamesra told The Times Of India, that a complaint against a student named Gaurav, who is the administration of a social media group, was filed for "promoting enmity between two religious groups."
According to the NDTV, the university officials played down the incident and said that small clashes between students from different socio-cultural background happen.
With inputs from PTI