Srinagar, March 04, 2014 (PPI-OT): Kashmiri students studying in Swami Vivekananda Subharti University in Meerut city of Uttar Pradesh, India, have been asked to vacate the varsity by the authorities after a group of local students thrashed the Kashmiri students over celebrating Pakistan’s victory against India in the Asia Cup match.
The students told a Srinagar-based wire agency over phone from Meerut that all the Kashmiri students were watching the Pak-India match with the students of different parts of India in the campus on Sunday evening.
The trouble started when India lost the match and Kashmiri students celebrated the victory of Pakistan team. “When Indian team was in stronger position, the Hindu students were cheering. And when Pakistan team was in strong position, we also cheered,” a 3rd year B Tech student said.
“Finally when India lost, we cheered and this anguished and enraged our fellow students. The angry students of a particular faith started thrashing the Kashmiri students,” he said, adding, “Had their seniors not intervened, the enraged students would have lynched us to death.”
He said that when the Kashmiri students went to the hostel to sleep, the students broke the windowpanes of their rooms. “They terrorized us throughout the night,” he further stated. He said that on Monday morning the Hindu students staged protests in the University campus demanding the ouster of the Kashmiri students.
“Succumbing to the pressure of the Hindu students, the administration asked all the Kashmiri 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. We are being punished for supporting Pakistan cricket team,” he added. He said that at around 5:45 pm, they were forced out of the varsity by the authorities. Over 25 Kashmir students are enrolled in the University who are undergoing different courses.
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