Afghani students attacked: Afghanistan Embassy representatives visit Shimla

Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) [India], Mar. 28 : A delegation of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Embassy in Delhi visited Shimla on Tuesday after the students from Afghanistan were attacked in the city by local tourist guides.

A delegation led by Sediqullah Sahar, education attache with the embassy of Afghanistan in New Delhi met the Superintendent of Police (SP) of Shimla and with the vice-chancellor of the university.

He also held a meeting with the students from Afghanistan studying in Himachal Pradesh University (HPU).

These students are now demanding safety and security in the campus. "Today we met the police with our embassy delegates, our students were beaten. We were ensured by the SP of safety and security here. We are looking forward for a compromise, if those who accused who have beaten our students apologise publically, we are ready for compromise as we are here for studies," said one of the student.

Five students from Afghanistan got injured in a scuffle with local tourist guides in Shimla and which had spread a sense of fear among these students.

Now today after meeting with the embassy delegate, these students are hopeful about the safety and security in the campus.

"Our embassy delegates visited today. We were feeling scared after the recent incident which was horrible. We shared it with the delegate and now we are feeling safe as police have assured that this kind of incident will not happen again and our embassy delegates are also taking care of this issue," said Basira a BBA student of HPU.

Superintendent of Police D.W. Negi said that the case is under investigation and all nine accused have been arrested. "A delegation of Afghan embassy led by education attache second in command in the embassy at Delhi met with me early this morning with three important demands for students of Afghanistan to have a cordial relation with locals in Shimla therefore they are interested in compromise in the present case," he said.

He added that the delegation is also concerned about the security of students coming from Afghanistan.

"I have briefed them about the updates of the case and assured future security case. We have registered the case and are taking the issue seriously," Negi said..

Source: ANI