Four Students were injured in a clash between two groups, one comprising Kashmiri students and the other with students from Bihar and Jharkhand, at the Gulzar Group of Institutes in Ludhiana district’s Khanna on Sunday. One of the injured received serious injuries to the head.
The clash began at the college mess. A student from Bihar, said, “The group from Kashmir is of 25-30 students and this rivalry was brewing since months. During India-Pakistan sports matches, they raised anti-India slogans but it never escalated as college authorities intervened. Since last few days, they were mocking the martyrdom of soldiers at Uri. On Sunday, the situation turned tense in the mess. We were 5-6 in number as the rest were in the hostel rooms..Our friend went for breakfast in the mess when they started passing comments. He was badly beaten….We went to save him and both groups exchanged blows. Later, they confronted each other in the lawn.”
Another student alleged that pro-Pakistan slogans were also raised during the clash.
One of the injured students, Mukesh, received serious injuries to the head and was taken for a CT scan. Others injured in the clash were Vishal, Deendyal and Rajkumar.
Police were deployed inside the campus but no FIR was registered. SSP Satinder Singh said: “Students reached a
compromise and they gave us in writing that it will not be repeated,” he said.
Raman Chadha, administrative officer of the institute, said, “Students had a minor clash over breakfast being served. It was a usual fight among students. All the students are fine.”
The Indian Express, meanwhile, accessed through a source a video clipping of the incident that shows almost 50 students chasing and beating each other with sticks and stones. But DSP Khanna Jagwinder Singh Cheema added, “There were no pro-Pakistan slogans. They are living peacefully in hostels together.”
A Kashmir student, meanwhile, said, “Since this tension at the border has started, there is bullying and taunting from both sides wherever students from Bihar and Kashmir sit together.”