JNU story repeats in Noida’s Sharda University? Kashmiri student, who was assaulted on 4 October, goes missing


Remember 17-year-old Ihtesham, who was assaulted on the campus of Noida’s Sharda University earlier this month after a mob allegedly mistook him as an Afghan student.


Ihtesham, who is pursuing a bachelors degree in Medical Imaging Technology (BMIT), had to be admitted at Sharda hospital after being physically assaulted.

Ihtesham was injured after a scuffle broke out between the local students and Afghan nationals studying at the university. DSP, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Amit Koshore had told Janta Ka Reporter that the Kashmiri student was assaulted because he was mistaken as an Afghan national by his attackers. “The university administration and the student groups met after the scuffle and it was decided that action will be taken on the findings of the probe committee’s findings.”

Few weeks on, Ihteshan has gone missing. Taking to Twitter, Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti wrote, “Cause of grave concern that Ehtishaam Bilal, a student at Sharda University who was assaulted is reportedly missing. Request @rajnathsingh ji to take note of it and direct the authorities to track him at the earliest.”

17-year-oldIhtesham has reportedly been missing for the last three days. The local police at the Knowledge Park Police Station has begun a probe. The university has come up with a theory that suggests that Ihtesham’s last location was Srinagar from where he spoke to his father at 4.30 pm on Monday. Knowledge Park Police Station SHO Arvind Pathaksaid that Ihtesham’s phone had been off since then.

“Around 4.30 pm on Monday, he spoke to his father and told him that he was in the Delhi Metro and going back to the university. From his location and call details, it is clear that he was in Kashmir but telling lies to his father,” Times Now quoted a university official as saying.

The news of Ihtesham’s mysterious disappearance after a scuffle is a crude reminder of the disappearance of Najeeb Ahmed, a JNU student, who had gone missing after a similar scuffle with ABVP students on the university campus. The CBI had recently filed a closure report, ending any remaining hopes for his discovery.


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