Six students, including four Kashmiris, were expelled from the hostel of a private university in Greater Noida city of Uttar Pradesh following an alleged clash over support during last week’s Asia Cup match between Pakistan and India.
Four of the students belonged to disputed Indian territory of Kashmir while two hail from Aligarh. All of them were first-year students.
The Times of India website reported that the issue had escalated after a student of the university posted a comment on social media demanding action against students who had allegedly supported Pakistan during the Asia Cup clash against India.
The comment sparked a strong reaction and mobilisation by the students the university called in authorities when the situation went out of control.
The website quoted the university’s student welfare dean as saying “Some students cheered for the Pakistani team during the match, against which the other group protested. The matter was settled, but on March 5, a student posted a provocative message on a social networking site on why the campus wasn’t witnessing a similar reaction as that of Subharti University,” he said.
The post has now been deleted.
The university has started its own inquiry. “Students may be considered for reallocation of hostels after 15 days,” the Times of India quoted another official as saying.
Previously, 67 Kashmiri students of another university in Meerut were suspended for supporting the Pakistan cricket team against India on Sunday last.
Later the sedition charges against the suspended students were reportedly dropped.