Asia cup match: Kashmir students booked for ‘inciting violence’ in Indian college

Srinagar: Kashmiri students – who had cheered for Pakistan cricket team during the Asia Cup cricket match against India and were ‘thrown out’ by the authorities at an Indian university – have been booked on charges of inciting hatred and violence after the university authorities lodged a complaint with the police.

Uttar Pradesh police registered a case against Kashmiri students after Swami Vivekananda Subharti University authorities filed a complaint against them.

The university claims some Kashmiri students celebrated Pakistan’s victory and raised slogans in the community hall of the hostel, which led to a clash with other students and escalated into stone-throwing.

The university suspended all 67 Kashmiri students of one hostel block and asked them to leave, but no action was taken against the other group. Around 200 Kashmiri students are taking engineering and law courses in the university. Ousted Kashmir students, however, maintain that they were cornered by the Indian students and were ‘thrown’ out during the early dawn hours on Monday.

University officials claim the students had committed an ‘anti-national act’ and also vandalised hostel property. 

“Yes, a case has been registered against the students after university authorities filed a complaint against the students. We have registered FIR under section 154A and 153A,” Onkar Singh, Senior Superintendent of Police, Meerut told GNS over phone. The SSP, however, didn’t reveal the FIR number.

He said the investigations have been taken up. “If any student is found involved, we will arrest him and we will also investigate the ransacking inside the varsity,” he added.

Some of the Kashmiri students meanwhile reached home on Wednesday. (GNS)