Kashmiri student beaten up in Sharda University

The scuffle follows another incident that was reported on Monday after a video surfaced on social media purportedly showing three Afghan students at Sharda University roughing up the student

By PTI in Noida
  • Published 5.10.18, 4:29 AM
  • Updated 5.10.18, 5:12 AM
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A Kashmiri student was beaten up after a fight broke out between groups of Indian and Afghan students at a private university in Greater Noida on Thursday, prompting police to book over 350 students for rioting and related offences, officials said.

The scuffle follows another incident that was reported on Monday after a video surfaced on social media purportedly showing three Afghan students at Sharda University roughing up the student.

“An Indian student from Kashmir was roughed up by other Indian students who are said to have posted provocative messages on a WhatsApp group from the side of the Afghan students involved in the fight on Monday. These Indian students were apparently aggrieved over the university’s lackadaisical approach on the matter,” a senior police officer said.

The police officer, who did not wish to be named, alleged lack of cooperation from the university and said: “The officials of the deemed university have been careless about the matter simmering since Monday and that has led to this situation.”

There was no official response from the university over the incident till the filing of this report on Thursday night, although it announced that classes would remain suspended till Sunday.

Three students allegedly involved in Monday’s fight were suspended.

“During the period a probe will be held to ascertain the cause of the fight and action taken against those guilty,” another police officer said.

According to the officer, no official complaint was made to the police about the scuffle that broke out on Thursday in which one Indian student suffered injuries and was taken to hospital.

Police personnel have been deployed outside the university. The university has also stepped up security on its premises and denied entry to outsiders, including the media.

“The police have taken cognisance of the case on its own. The Indian student has suffered minor injuries, more of punches and slaps, but was sent for medical examination so that it could be checked if there is any internal injury or not,” the police officer said.

“We have booked 350-400 students, Indians and Afghans both, and we are probing the matter. Students are being identified on the basis of the footage that has surfaced and we will soon question them and initiate action,” he said.