NRI students clash in Bhopal, accuse MANIT of hushing up matter

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Sep 18, 2014 17:36 IST

Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT) has again hit the headlines for a wrong reason. The campus turned into a battlefield when students from Afghanistan and Bangladesh and some NRIs from Nepal and Bangladesh fought over a trivial issue on Saturday late night, leaving a Bangladeshi student seriously injured.

Seven others from Nepal, Bangladesh and India were also injured in the incident. The incident came to light on Tuesday when some Bangladeshi students approached MANIT director Appu Kuttan, alleging that the management was trying to hush up the issue.

However, the MANIT director said these types of clashes are common among NRI and foreign students. He has informed the Bangladesh and Afghanistan embassies about the incident and has also asked the proctor board for holding an enquiry.

A fourth year student from Nepal said a student from Afghanistan, Ahad Haqjo, and one from Bangladesh, Rifat, fought over high sound of music.

Rifat slapped Ahad after he denied lowering the music volume. It led to more fighting between the two groups. Later, Appu Kuttan reached the spot.

"The NRI students from Afghanistan are threatening us of dire consequences," said a Bangladeshi,. Kamla Nagar police station in-charge Kunwar Singh said, "Even after four days, no student has come forward to lodge a complaint."

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