Twelve students including six Kashmiri students studying in Swami Parmanand College of Engineering and Technology in Chandigarh sustained injuries, after the tussle occurred inside the Hostel block ‘A’ between local students and some Kashmiri students who were watching the cricket match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at 11pm on Tuesday.
The local students of Purvanchal alleged that Kashmiri students who were watching cricket match raised slogans in support of Pakistan and demand strict actions against them.
The Delhi Based newspaper Hindustan Times reported “Both groups pelted stoned on each other and broke windowpanes and other goods at the hostel. First-year student Ramesh from Jharkhand and second-year student Syed Umer from Kashmir sustained severe injuries, while Rohit, Ravinder and Ravi from Bihar and Abdul Naamdin from Jharkhand also received minor injuries. Five students from one group were under treatment at Dera Bassi civil hospital, Hindustan Times reported.”
The Kashmiri students however denied these allegations and termed it as an attempt to defame their image. They also alleged that the altercation turned violent following objectionable remarks by hostel warden Sandip.
Meanwhile the Kashmiri students have left the campus and are on their way to home and the college has been closed for ten days in order to calm down the situation of the area.
The local students including some residents blocked the traffic of the Ambala-Chandigarh highway for nearly 30 minutes. However the principal Jyoti Kau said that those who staged protest and blocked the road were not the students of his institutions but local residents.
Earlier this year in March, 60 Kashmiri students studying in Uttar Pradesh were charged with sedition after they allegedly cheered for Pakistan after winning the match against arch rivals India in Asia Cup. The sedition charges were only removed after the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah intervened into the matter.