Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday condemned the reported attack on students from Kerala at a university in Madhya Pradesh.
Raising the issue on Twitter, Vijayan said the growing hostility towards individuals based on their identities should be resisted.
The issue pertains to reports that four students from Kerala were assaulted at the Indira Gandhi National Tribal University (IGNTU) in Madhya Pradesh. It's alleged that the students were beaten up by the security staff on March 10 at IGNTU campus at MP's Amarkantak.
Vijayan tweeted, "Attacks on Keralite students at IGNTU are appalling and highlight the need to resist the growing hostility towards individuals based on their identities in our country. The university must take prompt action against the culprits and ensure the safety of all the students on campus."
Kerala Leader of Opposition VD Satheesan wrote a letter to Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan over the issue and sought his intervention.
Satheesan said the security personnel brutally assaulted the students without provocation and they were admitted in hospital.
"According to the complainants, Kerala students are constantly targeted at IGNTU. Given these circumstances, I respectfully request the urgent intervention of your good self to book the perpetrators so that such incidents do not occur again in the future," Satheesan said in his letter.
Besides Vijayan and Satheesan, Rajya Sabha MP and Left leader John Brittas also sought strong action with regard to the incident and wrote a letter to Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.
"Premeditated attacks on Kerala students at Indira Gandhi National Tribal University highlights the need to address organised hostility against Keralite students based on their regional, linguistic and ethnic backgrounds. Urgent action is needed to ensure their safety on campus," Brittas tweeted.
In his letter, Brittas said the students were brutally assaulted by the "so-called security staff" for taking selfies atop a water tank.
Brittas said the attack was part of the organised series of hostile actions against the Kerala students who are being targeted for their regional, linguistic and ethnic backgrounds.
(With PTI inputs)