World Bulletin / News Desk
Around 67 Kashmiri students were suspended from a private Indian university Monday for shouting pro-Pakistan slogans while watching a cricket match between India and Pakistan.
The Kashmiri students told AA they were beaten by their Indian colleagues for celebrating Pakistan’s victory Sunday, before being suspended from Swami Vivekananda Subharti University in Meerut city the next day.
“When Pakistan won, we celebrated and couldn’t hide our happiness, and the Indian students beat us up,” a student who preferred to remain anonymous for security reasons told AA.
“Then later in the night they stood outside our hostel room, shouting abuses and threatening us. We had to stay up the entire night,” the student added over the phone from Delhi.
The University's Vice Chancellor, Manzoor Ahmed, told AA the university had suspended all 67 Kashmiri students at the hostel after they would not reveal which students had shouted pro-Pakistan slogans.
"The inquiry finally recommended all 67 Kashmiri students... be suspended indefinitely because they didn't reveal the handful of wrongdoers who actually caused the trouble," Ahmad said.
“We sent away all the 67 Kashmiri students in our own buses and told them to stay away until the tension on campus diffuses and we see what to do,” he added.
More than 200 students from different parts of Jammu and Kashmir receive education at the university.
Meerut's District Magistrate, Pankaj Yadav, has launched an inquiry into the incident, asking that findings be submitted within a week.
The suspension aroused a lot of anger in Kashmir and the main political opposition party walked out of a state Legislature Assembly session Tuesday.
An overwhelming majority of the Kashmiri population supports Pakistan's cricket team and Kashmiris are known to support any team playing against India.
Kashmir, a Muslim-majority Himalayan region, is held by India and Pakistan in parts and claimed by both in full. The two countries have fought three full-fledged wars – in 1948, 1965 and 1971 – since they were partitioned in 1947. Two were fought over Kashmir.
Since 1989, resistance groups in India-held Kashmir have been fighting for independence or for unification with neighboring Pakistan.
More than 70,000 people have reportedly been killed in the conflict to date.Last Mod: 05 Mart 2014, 10:11