Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday condemned the reported assault on four students from the state at the Indira Gandhi National Tribal University (IGNTU) in Madhya Pradesh and said the growing hostility towards individuals based on their identities should be resisted.
Vijayan was responding to a few news reports which said that four Kerala students were allegedly beaten up by the security staff on March 10 at the Amarkantak campus of the varsity in Madhya Pradesh.
"Attacks on Keralite students at @IGNTU are appalling & 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 & ensure the safety of all the students on campus," Vijayan tweeted.
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, the Rajya Sabha MP said the students were brutally assaulted by the "so-called security staff" for taking selfies atop a water tank.
He 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 Input