A day after 67 Kashmir students were thrown out from a university in Uttar Pradesh for supporting Pakistan cricket team in the recently held Asia cup, the Kashmir students pursuing higher education in Punjab have also complained of harassment on similar grounds.
Kashmir students pursuing BDS at the Desh Bhagat Dental College & Hospital in Punjab’s Mukhtasar say Indian students subjected them to harassment after Pakistan beat India narrowly in a Asia Cup game on Sunday.
Students said Indian students not only harassed the boys but also harassed and abused the girls during the Sunday night.
Speaking over phone from the college, one of the Kashmir students, who wished not to be named, said: “On Sunday, we were watching match together with other local students in college mess. We cheered for Pakistan and they cheered for India. All was going well, but during the last five overs of the Pakistan innings, we left the mess because we thought Pakistan might lose,” he said.
27 Kashmir boys and 20 girls are studying BDS at the college.
“Around 2:00 am, nearly 40-50 students gathered outside our hostel rooms and started shouting and abusing us,” the students said.
He quoted the Indian students as shouting: “Tum Kashmiri bahar aajao hum tumhe kaat denge”.
On Monday morning, the students tried to bring the matter in the notice of college authorities. However, due to the absence of the Principal, they returned to their hostel.
“Today, we met the principal and informed her about the harassment by our fellow students. She has assured action again them,” the student said.
Admitting that there was ‘scuffle’ between local and Kashmir students, the Director of college, Dr Bhatnagar, said over phone that it was ‘bound to happen’. “The scuffle was bound to happen because one side supported India and other Pakistan.”
“We have sorted out the issue now. We have directed both the sides to be in limits and focus on studies. We have beefed up security in the college and have directed them not come out of their hostels after 10:00 pm,” he added.
Dr Bhatnagar said all the necessary measures have been taken to control the situation.”We have directed students not to bring any phone fitted with camera. We don’t want any scuffle in the college over these issues. All of them have to live here and study together for five years,” he said.