Ahead of India-Pak clash, Kashmiri students attacked in Rajasthan

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SRINAGAR: Several Kashmiri students sustained injuries after they came under attack over India-Pakistan cricket, this time in Rajasthan. 

Trouble erupted in the Mewar University, Rajasthan, hours before India and Pakistan locked horns in the ongoing T20 World Cup being played in Bangladesh.

Reports reaching here said that at around 11:45 a.m, some local students hurled abuses at Kashmiri students studying at the university taunting them for being supporters of Pakistan cricket team.

 “Situation turned ugly when some Kashmiri students resented the behaviour of fellow students prompting the latter , 30-40 in number to thrash four Kashmir students,” a student pursuing a B.Tech there said over phone.

He said there are more than 600 Kashmiri students pursuing different courses in the university.

 “We were preparing for Friday prayers when we were attacked,” he said, adding: “In the assault, one student fell unconscious, who was removed by his colleagues to the hostel room.” “In the meantime, the local students including the residents of the area started to pelt stones on Kashmiri students,” he alleged.

Student, who requested anonymity for fear of reprisals, alleged that all this happened in presence of local police and varsity administration. He said they acted as mute spectators.

The student claimed that they are being ‘harassed since March 2, when Pakistan defeated India’. “Since then, they are targeting us and they want that we should leave the varsity,” he said.

The student said ‘we want to leave the varsity’, but “we have been cornered from all sides and they aren’t letting us to go”.

The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the university, Mr. Nikhil told this correspondent that the situation in the varsity is normal. “There was a minor scuffle between two groups. The issue has been resolved now,” he said. The PRO, however, denied that anyone has got injured.

When contacted Senior Superintendent of Police, Chittorgarh, Prassana Kumar Khamsara said: “A local student has sustained minor injury 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,” adding: We have asked for a report from University authorities and whosoever will be involved, we will take action against him.”

The Mewar University is located at Gangrar, Chittorgarh in the state of Rajasthan. The Kashmir students have been selected in the varsity through Prime Minister’s scholarship scheme.

Earlier, at least 67 Kashmiri students were suspended by Meerut’s Swami Vivekanand Subharti University (SVSU) over cheering for Pakistan cricket team after they defeated India in a league match of previously held Asia cup in Bangladesh and were charged with sedition. However, after a public outcry, the sedition charges were revoked, but the students have been booked for creating communal hatred and ruckus. GNS

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