Noida (UP): Police has booked more than 350 students, Indian and Afghans studying at a private university in Greater Noida, after video of a Kashmiri student being beaten up surfaced on social media.
The student was beaten by a group of Indian students after a fight broke out between groups of Indian and Afghanistan students.
The scuffle followed another incident which was reported on Monday after a video surfaced on social media purportedly showing three Afghan students at the Sharda University roughing up a student.
“An Indian student from Kashmir was roughed up by other Indian students who is said to have posted provocative messages on a WhatsApp group from the side of the Afghan students involved in the fight on Monday. These Indian students were apparently aggrieved over the university’s lackadaisical approach on the matter,” a senior police official told PTI.
The police official, who did not wish to be named, alleged lack of cooperation from the university and said, “The officials of the deemed university have gone careless on the matter simmering since Monday and that has led to this situation.”
There was no official response from the university over the incident till the filing of this report Thursday night, although the university announced that classes would remain suspended till Sunday.
A meeting was held by the university after Thursday’s incident following which three students allegedly involved in the Monday fight were suspended.
“During the period a probe will be held to ascertain the cause of the fight and action taken against those guilty,” another police official said.
According to the official, no official complaint was made to the police about the scuffle that broke out Thursday in which one Indian student suffered injuries and was taken to a hospital.
On Friday Gautam Buddh Nagar administration held a meeting with the Sharda University management Friday to discuss the fight that broke out on its campus in Greater Noida between groups of Indian and Afghan students, officials said.
Three Afghan students were suspended over the Monday scuffle and the university had announced shutting classes till Sunday, while the mid-term was examinations deferred, according to officials.
District Magistrate Brajesh Narain Singh said the Sharda University management has been asked to bring the two confronting sides to the table and ensure dialogue between them in order to defuse the tension.
India and Afghanistan are friendly countries. The university officials have been asked to get the students from both sides to talk so that cordial relations can be restored among them.
“They have been told to tell the students to concentrate on their studies and focus on upcoming examinations, Singh told PTI.
The administration has also asked the university to restrict entry of outsiders, particularly those making communal statements and inflammatory remarks , he said.