For ‘cheering’ Pakistan in India match, university in Meerut suspends 67 Kashmiri students

SVSU vice-chancellor Manzoor Ahmed said the suspension was a “precautionary measure”.

Written by Amit Sharma , Mir Ehsan | Meerut | Updated: March 5, 2014 7:58 am
Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez acknowledges the crowd after scoring fifty runs during the Asia Cup one-day international cricket tournament against India in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, March 2, 2014. Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez acknowledges the crowd after scoring fifty runs during the Asia Cup one-day international cricket tournament against India.

A large private university in Meerut has suspended 67 Kashmiri students for allegedly cheering Pakistan during the India-Pak match at the Asia Cup on Sunday. The students were told to vacate their hostel rooms, and were escorted by police and university officials to nearby Ghaziabad. Some students are now back with their families in the Valley.

Groups of students were watching the match on TV in the community hall of the hostel at the Swami Vivekananda Subharti University (SVSU). A clash broke out soon after India lost, a result which the Kashmiris allegedly celebrated. No action was taken against the other group.

G S Bansal, the warden of the hostel, said the Kashmiri students had been punished for being “anti-national”. “By raising pro-Pakistan slogans, the Kashmiri boys did an anti-national act, and that was why we suspended them and did not take any action against the others,” Bansal told The Indian Express.

SVSU vice-chancellor Manzoor Ahmed said the suspension was a “precautionary measure”.

“There was strong resentment against the students who had shouted anti-national and pro-Pakistan slogans after Pakistan won the match. So as a precautionary measure, we temporarily suspended students of J&K for three days. We arranged for two buses to take the boys to Ghaziabad. We also sent three senior university officials with them,” Ahmed said.

Eyewitnesses said heated exchanges followed all-rounder Shahid Afridi’s last-over sixes off Ravichandran Ashwin, which quickly escalated to brawls, followed by several rounds of stone-throwing. “Security guards did not intervene for nearly an hour after the violence began. The students were ultimately forced to go to their rooms, but the groups clashed again on Monday,” said a student who spoke on condition of anonymity.

University registrar R K Garg said the students were sent home because the university feared more violence. “Meerut is communally sensitive. We were apprehensive that if word of the violence got out, outsiders would storm the campus and target students,” Garg said.

In Srinagar, families of the suspended students said they hoped for normalcy to return to the campus soon. “The university has ordered the students to leave for some time in order to avert confrontations between groups,” Abdul Majeed Khan of Uri said. Khan’s son is a second year student of BBA at the university. He added that the university administration had taken the right steps.

Shahid Bashir, whose son Talib Bashir had to leave Meerut, said, “The university has asked the students to leave for a few days. Most of the students have left for the Valley, while a few are staying in Delhi with friends. Once the situation improves, they will rejoin the university.”

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First Published on: March 5, 2014 2:00 am
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    Hayder
    Feb 17, 2015 at 1:10 am
    Search for video on youtube. "Kashmiri students celebrate stan's cricket match victory "
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      khodsal
      Mar 5, 2014 at 3:31 am
      Students being anti-national and pro-stan support type should be asked to leave India and prefer studying in PoK only. The level of punishment imposed for being anti-national by University is mere 2-3 days of suspension - which is meager. University should have banned such students for further studies, sad part is that they only suspended only to avoid further clashes
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        m. abraham
        Mar 5, 2014 at 9:37 am
        Indians should thnk as Indians.
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          Amir Jan
          Mar 6, 2014 at 3:19 am
          Why does it surprise you that Kashmiris cheer for stan? Our hearts beat together!!
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            Arus Chandran
            Mar 5, 2014 at 10:07 am
            Those who stay in India and raise anti-national slogans, needn't stay here. Expell them to stan...
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              Ajamal
              Mar 5, 2014 at 8:13 am
              G S Bansal, the warden of the hostel, said the Kashmiri students had been punished for being “anti-national”. “By raising pro-stan slogans, the Kashmiri boys did an anti-national act, and that was why we suspended them and did not take any action against the others,” Bansal told The Indian Express.I have seen Indian Australian, Indian NZs, Indian Brits supporting Team India at the ground - does that make them anti-Aussie, anti-NZ, anti-UK?Thi
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                Bhagwad Jal
                Mar 5, 2014 at 4:40 am
                The strength of a democracy lies in how safe people feel when expressing unpor opinions. Apparently India hasn't caught up with the rest of the world yet.
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                  BOMBAY_CITIZEN
                  Mar 5, 2014 at 10:15 am
                  GOOD - ALL THESE SHOULD BE SENT TO PAK
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                    dr
                    Mar 5, 2014 at 4:41 am
                    I case you're not aware, all expenses of Kashmiri Students (university fee hostel fee) are completely paid by HRD Ministry of India. Govt. is spending more than One Crore rs. on these 67 students, to educate them for their welfare. In return they shout anti-india slogans.
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                      Madhav
                      Mar 5, 2014 at 3:59 am
                      What the is this?To support or not is a matter of personal choice and a prerogative of the person. Why anyone would have a problem if someone supports the better performance? Tomorrow if a Punjabi cheers when Chennai Super Kings beat Kings XI Punjab in IPL finals and makes merry, will his Punjabi neighbors thrash him? Where is the Indian Consution? Where are the fundamental rights? In this issue a brawl took place but only Kashmiri fellows were punished. What about those who were also involved in this brawl supporting India?Aren't we inching towards becoming another North Korea?
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                        amair sohail
                        Mar 5, 2014 at 8:58 am
                        there should be no such thing as anti-national it is just a game u can support any team the one who plays better you people are so discriminating u cant even let us enjoy a good game
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                          Neel
                          Mar 5, 2014 at 8:08 pm
                          This is a blatant attack on the freedom of speech.
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                            rahul
                            Mar 6, 2014 at 3:18 am
                            surely the need of the hour.. well done
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                              Test
                              Mar 5, 2014 at 1:39 am
                              Deport them to stan. These people should not be allowed to mix with rest of peace loving Indians.
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                                Rocky Rocky
                                Mar 5, 2014 at 5:21 am
                                If any Indian loves Pak so much, he should feel free to migrate to that Land of the Pure.
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                                  Rajeev Roychand
                                  Mar 5, 2014 at 1:16 am
                                  What is done is good, but people poisoning the minds of these youths should be strictly dealth with. In addition these youths should be properly guided so that they consider india as their homeland not stan.
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                                    Salman Ahmed
                                    Mar 5, 2014 at 6:53 am
                                    Kashmir belongs to Kashmiris and Kashmiris belongs to stan
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                                      Patriot
                                      Mar 5, 2014 at 1:59 am
                                      It means Indian a resident of UK if cheer against UK, his nationalist should be immediately stripped.
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                                        Subramanian Venkatraman
                                        Mar 5, 2014 at 2:55 am
                                        This is all because of the media. TV channels and Team Managements just for the sake of making more money, always mix up patriotism with sportsman spirit. Not only in India, but also in other countries. The Indian commentators literally abuse our players when a match is lost to stan. If our experienced commentators who had been leaders in this sport themselves behave like this, no wonder such incidents happen. A pity.
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                                          Sphinx
                                          Mar 5, 2014 at 8:26 am
                                          I think they could be let off with a warning rather than expelling.Its a very long and arduous process to win over heart of people from troubled regions who were fed anti-India stories from the childhood.The mixing up with other people by studying in other parts of India need to be continued.
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                                            love@firsight
                                            Mar 5, 2014 at 3:38 am
                                            HOW NARROW MINDED ARE THOSE WHO TOLD STUDENTS THAT THE ARE ANTI-NATIONAL WHILE CELEBRATING STAN CRICKET MATCH WIN OVER INDIA. KASHMIR IS NOT A PART OF INDIA. IT IS AN OCCUPIED LAND. IT IS A MATTER OF FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION, KASHMIRIS HAVE FULL RIGHT TO CELEBRATE STAN'S VICTORY AGAINST INDIA. WHAT'S WRONG WITH IT. WHAT KIND OF DEMOCRACY INDIA CLAIMS?
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