This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
Ali Hassan Raza, a 24 year old student, studying at the Pondicherry University was assaulted by three unidentified men in his room at the Sir CV Raman Hostel. Reportedly a group of men crept up on him while he was sleeping and then beat him with iron rods and liquor bottles. Raza in a terrible condition somehow managed to press the alarm systems which lead to people rushing to help him. The group is reported to have fled by that time.
Raza is currently being treated at the Pondicherry Institute of Medical Science (PIMS). Raza informed the police authorities that the attackers looked his age and were probably students of the university. Raza was the first and only Pakistani student studying at the Pondicherry University and was doing a post-graduate course concerned with South Asian studies. In response to the attack, the Student Federation of India (SFI) secretary A Anand voiced concern over the incident and said the university must take all measures to bring the perpetrators of the attack to justice. The university also issued new restrictions on entries to the hostel.
“We suspect that the attackers might have mistaken him for someone,” investigating officer Sub-Inspector V Sivakumar said. Cases have been registered under Indian Penal Code sections 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint) and 448 (punishment for house trespass), according to police. The police also believes that the attack might be due to mistaken identity. Investigations are still going on.