Kashmir students at the Swami Vivekananda Subharti University in Meerut city of Uttar Pradesh have been thrown out of the varsity even after a group of local students allegedly thrashed them over celebrating Pakistan’s win over India in the Asia Cup match on Sunday.
The students said that all the Kashmir students were watching the Indo-Pak Asia cup match with the students of other parts of India in the campus on Sunday evening. However, trouble started when India lost the match and Kashmiri students celebrated the Pakistan’s victory.
“When Indian team was in stronger position, the Indian students were cheering. And when Pakistan team was in strong position, we cheered,” a 3rd year B Tech student wishing anonymity said.
He said: “Finally when India lost, we cheered and this anguished and enraged our fellow Indian students.”
The angry Indian students, he said, started to thrash Kashmir students. He said had their senior not intervened, the enraged students would have ‘lynched’ them to death.
“They ruthlessly thrashed ten boys. Our seniors saved us from their wrath,” he said, adding: “When we went to the hostel to sleep, the students broke the window panes of our rooms. They terrorized us throughout the night.”
He said this morning the Indian students staged protests in the university campus demanding the ouster of the Kashmir students. Besides abusing, the student, he said, also accused Kashmir students of breaking window panes. He said succumbing to the pressure of the Indian students; the administration asked all the Kashmir students to leave the varsity.
“We were told to leave the university at the earliest. The administration also slapped a fine of Rs 5000 on us without any reason or rhyme. We’re being punished for supporting Pakistan cricket team,” he said.
“Around 5:45 pm, we were forced out of the varsity by the authorities. They are in no mood to listen to us. They have succumbed to the pressure of the fanatic students,” he added.
He said that at least 25 Kashmir students are studying different courses in the varsity.
Rabia Baaji, coordinator, Kashmir consultancy, which sends Kashmir students to outside institutes, said: she was not aware of the alleged thrashing of the Kashmir students or their ouster from the university.
“However, today evening, I received a mail from the chairman, Atul Krishna, of the university about the incident. They have mentioned that this year varsity has decided not to entertain any Kashmir student,” she said, adding “The varsity chairman has also written the Kashmir students should be sent to Pakistan for studies.”
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Meerut, Aukar Singh, said he will look into the matter. “You have brought the issue in my notice and there is no need to worry” he said.
He denied that police have interfered in the issue so far.