The Sharda University campus in Greater Noida had turned into a virtual battleground late on Monday night after a clash broke out between Afghan and Indian students leaving nine of them injured.
According to the police, the clash started over car parking but students alleged that an Afghan girl was eve-teased by some students on the campus. The clashing students were calmed within an hour.
Spokesperson of the university Ravi Shankar Upadhayay said, "It was a minor fight which turned ugly. The university has postponed its ongoing examinations for a week as it will remain shut and the national hostel has been vacated."
Sources say the fight started after some students passed comments on an Afghan girl. Initially, Afghan students took to violence. "Indian students abused them. As the news spread, national students living in other hostels gathered on the spot. They pelted stones and vandalised university property. Some students broke window panes of cars and glass doors and windows," said Brijesh Kumar, Superintendent of Police (rural).
According to the police, there were over 1,000 protesters. Police from Gautam Budh Nagar district along with 10 companies of PAC (Provincial Armed Constabulary) were deployed to control violence.
The police force from Ghaziabad, Meerut and Bulandshahr were also chipped in. No FIR has been registered but CCTV footage has been collected, the police said.