Updated: March 16, 2016 11:25:15 am
A potentially tense situation was defused when the police intervened to cool down tempers after some local and Kashmiri students clashed at a private university in Chittorgarh on Monday. Four Kashmiri students were allegedly beaten up following the rumour.
The incident occurred at Mewar University when some local students had a run in with a few Kashmiri students over the issue of allegedly cooking meat. The university campus, hostels and mess are vegetarian by policy.
The locals alleged the Kashmiri students were cooking beef in their hostel room. This led to a scuffle during which the four Kashmiri students were hurt. The university has about 700-800 students from Jammu and Kashmir, a large number of who gathered as the word spread on campus.
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Meanwhile, some Hindu religious groups also reached the university campus and raised slogans against the university administration, according to local news reports. However, the police soon arrived at the scene and defused the situation.
Chittorgarh SP Prasanna Khamesara said the incident occurred due to a misunderstanding and the situation had been brought under control before it could escalate.
“Some mischief mongers spread rumours that the students were cooking beef. But prima facie it didn’t look like beef. We have sent it for forensic testing just to be sure,” he said.
The administration has also said the issue was “blown out of proportion” by some fringe elements. “We have students from all over the country…from 23 states.
It is like a mini India. Sometimes, these small scuffles happen because people are from different socio-cultural backgrounds,” University media liaison officer Harish Gurnani said.
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