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NEW DELHI: Swami Vivekanand Subharti University in Meerut has thrown out 67 Kashmir students for celebrating Pakistani victory over India in the Asia Cup in Dhaka on Sunday.
According to reports, inmates of the university’s Madanlal Dhingra Hostel were watching the India-Pakistan match when some Kashmiri students started clapping when an Indian wicket fell and then shouted pro-Pakistan slogans on their way back to their rooms.
Taken aback by the incident, vice chancellor Manzoor Ahmad said the authorities first thought of suspending only those who had shouted slogans.
“But a three-tier inquiry finally recommended all 67 Kashmiri students residing in Madan Dhingra Hostel be suspended indefinitely because they didn’t reveal the names of the handful of wrongdoers actually involved in creating trouble,’’ university vice chancellor Dr Manzoor Ahmad was quoted as saying.
He said the Kashmiri students were asked to apologize, but they refused, leading to their suspension from the university which has over 200 students from Jammu and Kashmir.
The authorities called in police who escorted the suspended students to Ghaziabad and Delhi railway stations.
A Kashmir paper quoted a suspended students as saying that their clapping over Pakistan’s victory “infuriated the local students and they went on a rampage, damaged the hall, hurled abuses at us and threatened to beat us.’’