Srinagar: At least 12 Kashmiri students were injured Friday after clashes broke out in a Rajasthan university before India and Pakistan cricket match in the T20 World Cup in Bangladesh.
At around 11:45 am, some local students started hurling abuses at Kashmiri students studying in the Meewar University located at Gangrar, Chittorgarh. “Situation turned hostile after the local students numbering around 30-40 thrashed four Kashmiri students,” a B Tech student from Kashmir, who insisted not to be named, was quoted as saying by Srinagar-based news agency GNS
“We were preparing for Friday prayers,” the student said. “In the assault, one student fell unconscious, who was removed by his colleagues to the hostel room. In the meantime, the local students (who were joined by) residents of the area started pelting stones on the Kashmiris,” he added.
“All this happened in the presence of local police and varsity administration,” the student said, alleging that about 650 Kashmiris, who were selected in the varsity through Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS), have been ‘threatened’.
The student said they were being harassed since March 2, when Pakistan defeated India in the Asia Cup. “Since then, they are targeting us and they want that we should leave the varsity,” he said.
Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the varsity, Mr. Nikhil told GNS that the situation in the varsity is normal. “There was a minor scuffle between two groups. The issue has been resolved now,” he said, denying that anyone got injured.
Senior Superintendent of Police, Chittorgarh, Prassana Kumar Khamsara said, “A local student has sustained minor injuries in a scuffle between two groups. The police is on the spot and we are ascertaining the facts and a case will be filed in this regard. We have asked for a report from university authorities and whosoever will be involved, law will take action against him.”
Earlier this month, 67 Kashmir students were suspended by Meerut’s Swami Vivekanand Subharti University (SVSU) for allegedly cheering for Pakistan cricket team after they defeated India in the Asia Cup match in Bangladesh. They were charged with sedition. However, after a public outcry, the sedition charges were revoked, but the students, who are yet to return to the varsity, have been booked for creating communal hatred and ruckus.