Written by Staff Writer
05 Mar, 2014 | 5:43 pm
A university in northern India has temporarily suspended more than 60 students from Indian-administered Kashmir for allegedly supporting Pakistan in a cricket match, reports say.
Pakistan forced India’s exit from the ongoing Asia Cup in a nail-biting finish on Sunday. Emotions run high both on and off the field whenever the neighbouring countries play a cricket match.
A group of students at a University in Uttar Pradesh state allegedly “celebrated Pakistan’s win”, leading to arguments with other college mates, reports say.
The university administration then ordered an inquiry and decided to suspend the students from Kashmir, reports The Times of India.
They were then taken to Delhi escorted by police to avoid further confrontation, local media reports said.
University vice-chancellor Manzoor Ahmed said the suspension was a “precautionary measure”.
“There was strong resentment against the students who had shouted anti-national and pro-Pakistan slogans after Pakistan won the match. So as a precautionary measure, we temporarily suspended students of Jammu and Kashmir for three days.
“We arranged two buses to take the boys to Ghaziabad (suburb of Delhi). We also sent three senior university officials with them,” The Indian Express quotes Mr Ahmed as saying.
Some of the students deny any wrongdoing in their statements to the media.
“When we clapped at the victory of Pakistan, it infuriated the local students. They went on a rampage, damaged the hall, hurled abuses at us, and threatened to beat us,” Irfan Ahmad, an engineering student at the university, told the Kashmir Reader.
A groups of parents from the Kashmir Valley have also reacted over the incident.
“There was a heated argument between some students but most students are innocent, so we think college did a good thing by sending them… in order to avoid any clashes,” the Hindustan Times quotes one of the parents as saying.
Claimed by both countries in its entirety, Kashmir has been a flashpoint for more than 60 years.
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