Students from SKIMS were not part of jubilations after India-Pak match: Report

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A fact-finding panel constituted by Sher E Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) has revealed in its report that students from its institution were not part of jubilations, nor was its premises used in the jubilations after India was defeated by Pakistan in a T20 game of the ongoing world cup.

According to News18, the report is based on a detailed study and analysis of the video that surfaced on social media platforms soon after Pakistan won the T-20 match against India in the ongoing championship in Dubai. It concluded that neither its premises was used nor students of the institute had participated in the celebrations.

The SKIMS director Dr A G Ahangar had constituted a five-member team, drawn from senior faculty, to investigate if students had actually cheered for Pakistan. The probe panel was mandated to check the veracity of the video and whether the SKIMS was linked to the controversy.

“Yes, we have launched a probe and the committee will give its report within 48 hours to the government, ” Ahangar had told News 18 on Tuesday.

Police on Monday had registered two separate cases under anti-terrorism charges against the staff and students of SKIMS and Government Medical College, Srinagar after two different videos surfaced on social media where students were seen cheering Pakistan win against the Indian cricket team.

In its report, the SKIMS fact-finding team has argued that the central hall or the recreation mess in the unmarried hostel as shown in the viral video do not resemble “even by a distance” the ones at SKIMS premises.

The team while analysing the video points out there is no central pillar in the hall of SKIMS hostel as against the one shown in the video. Similarly, the colour of the wall in the hall at SKIMS is green as compared to the white that is seen in the video.

The report concluded that the appearance of none of the students in the video resembled the ones studying in SKIMS. “The difference of location in the video with the spot analysis of the hostel made us conclude that no such celebrations had taken place in SKIMS,” sources told News18.

The fact-finding team completed the probe within the stipulated time and handed it over to the director who in turn has forwarded it to the LG administration. Neither Ahangar nor any panel member was available for comment. One official at SKIMS refused to divulge details saying the report has been submitted to higher-ups.

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