UP varsity sends Kashmiri students home for celebrating Pak's win

Posted By:
UP Varsity sends Kashmiri students home for celebrating Pak's win
Kanpur, Mar 5: Swami Vivekanand Subharti University in Uttar Pradesh has suspended 67 students from Kashmir for celebrating Pakistan's victory over India in a cricket match on Sunday, said a DNA report.

Reportedly, top officials in the state have ordered an inquiry into the matter.

Vice-chancellor of the varsity Dr Manzoor Ahmad said that he was 'taken aback by such an unacceptable gesture' of a few students.

A group of students were watching India-Pakistan cricket match in the hall of the varsity's Madan Dhingra Hostel on Sunday night. According to sources, some Kashmiri students clapped every time Indian lost a wicket and later they celebrated the Pakistan's victory.

The VC said that the authorities initially decided to suspend only those students who had shouted slogans. "The students were suspended for creating a ruckus on campus and shouting pro-Pakistan slogans, which caused tension on the campus," said RK Garg, the university registrar to NDTV.

The suspension was imposed after the students refused to apologise for their act.

Reportedly, the authorities had reported the matter to the police as anger and tension was mounting among the local students living in other hostels.

However, Kashmiri students and parents have backed the varsity's move

There are more than 200 girls and boys from different parts of Jammu and Kashmir pursuing various courses in the university.

"There was a big confrontation and non-Kashmiri students had vandalised the rooms of our wards," a parent told Kashmir's largest circulated English daily, Greater Kashmir.

Another newspaper, Kashmir Reader, quoted Irfan Ahmad Rather, a BTech student at the varsity, saying, "We clapped when Pakistan won the match. This infuriated the local students and they went on a rampage, damaged the hall, hurled abuses at us and threatened to beat us."

Apparentkly, the parents of the Kashmiri students have backed the varsity move to sent the students home. In a signed letter released to the media, they said that sending the students to Kashmir was a good step as it avoided any untoward incident.

The suspended students were reportedly escorted by police and university officials to Ghaziabad, about an hour's drive away.

Oneindia news

Story first published: Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 10:10 [IST]
Other articles published on Mar 5, 2014
Please Wait while comments are loading...