Bathinda: Four students expelled from hostel for ‘attempting to assault’ Kashmiri students
Four students from Baba Farid Group of Institutions in Bathinda were kicked out of the college hostel after they allegedly tried to assault Kashmiri students on Saturday night, a day after the T20 World Cup match between Pakistan and India. Afghanistan. The two groups had argued over the outcome of the match.
The order to evacuate the four people from the hostel was given on Saturday by hostel manager Lakhbir Singh. The students were identified as Kumar Kartikey Ojha, a seventh semester BSc Hons Agriculture student, two first semester BCA students and Aayush Kumar Jaiswal, a third semester BCA student.
An investigation by the institution revealed that “After the Pak vs Afg game, 4 Bihar students attempted to harass Kashmiri students and attempted to assault. The hostel guard even saw the CCTV footage to verify the facts, reports have revealed. Later, they were kicked out of the hostel.
The two groups have reportedly been at loggerheads since the India-Pakistan cricket match on October 24. Nothing untoward happened after this game, but the latent tensions erupted after Pakistan’s game against Afghanistan.
Sources said that the students against whom disciplinary action was taken used to harass Kashmiri students alleging they were brandishing anti-Indian slogans. Despite being kicked out of the hostel, the four students and their supporters launched a social media campaign targeting the Prime Minister’s Office, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and Giriraj Singh , among others. A student said the four were suspended from the hostel for opposing anti-Indian slogans shouted by Kashmiri students.
Yet another wrote on social media: “Kashmir students ne desh virodhi nare lagaye fir humne unka virodh kiya (Kashmir students shouted anti-Indian slogans so we stood against them).
However, the hostel manager’s notice states, “The four students were ordered to leave the hostel for harassing Kashmiri students. They were found engaging in undisciplinary activities in the hostel on the night of 10/30/2021. It was backed up by CCTV footage. This is a serious violation of hostel and campus rules.
Meanwhile, The Indian Express attempted to contact the chairman of the Baba Farid Group of Institutions, Gurmeet Singh Dhaliwal, but he was unavailable for comment despite repeated attempts.
Clashes were also reported on October 24 between groups of college students from Sangrur and Mohali after the India-Pakistan cricket match.