Students of Bihar, Kashmir clash at engineering college in Punjab after T20 WC match

SRINAGAR — A group of students from Bihar and other states clashed with Kashmiri students on the premises of Lala Lajpat Rai College of Engineering and Management at Ghal Kalan village in Moga district on Sunday evening. Some students from both sides were injured in the incident, The Tribune reported.

The injured students were rushed to the district hospital. Nine of them have been admitted to the emergency ward. “No one suffered grievous injury. Some students were discharged first aid,” The Tribune quoted Dr Sukhpreet Singh Brar, senior medical officer of the hospital as having said.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the clash allegedly occurred following Pakistan’s defeat at the hands of England in the T20 World Cup final.

The Kashmiri students alleged that students from Bihar and other states used foul language against their religion. “When they pelted us with stones, we too responded in a similar manner,” The Tribune quoted a Kashmiri student who suffered injuries in the clash as having said.

According to report both sides pelted each other with stones.

The local police officials claimed that the situation was now under control.

A heavy police force was immediately deployed on the college premises and in and around the hostel.

J&K Students Association Spokesperson Nasir Khuehami in a series of tweets said, “So Far: A total of 10 students have been arrested in which 5 are from Kashmir and others are from Bihar. Kashmiri students have suffered minor injuries. Matter has been taken up with Punjab Govt officials for its earliest redressal.”

“I’ve Spoken to SSP Moga Punjab @gulneets Ji; requested him to intervene in this Matter & to take cognizance of such gory incident happened in Moga With Kashmiri students. He has assured that action will be taken against the involved people & 5 detained students will be released shortly,” he said.

“He ensured that action will be taken against those found in intimidating students. No FIR will be lodged against any student. Will be released shortly to preserve their academic career,” he added.

“Matter has been taken up with Punjab Assembly Speaker Kultar Singh Ji for the protection of students and immediate release of detainee students,” Nasir Khuehami said in a tweet.