A clash between two groups of engineering students at a private college in Yamunanagar district left 12 students, including nine from Jammu and Kashmir, injured on Saturday.
Though certain media houses from Jammu and Kashmir claimed that Kashmiri students were attacked by outsiders at Global Research Institute for Management and Technology in Radaur block of Yamunanagar district, the police authorities have denied the involvement of outsiders.
It was a minor scuffle between seniors and juniors of the same institute, they said.
The district officials were camping at the institute since Sunday morning to keep an eye on the situation. Superintendent of police Ved Prakash Godara told HT on Sunday that 12 students received minor injuries and both groups had sought time from the police before getting criminal case registered.
Godara said the two sides had submitted written statements and none had alleged involvement of outsiders in the brawl.
Though students from J&K, their batchmates and friends from Uttar Pradesh and Haryana were involved in the brawl, no one had alleged any outsider role.
The SP also denied that any student had to take refuge at a local police station and said the administration was keeping watch over the situation.
Godara also denied media reports that iron rods or sticks were used in the incident. He said there were nearly 200 students from J&K enrolled at the institute and the situation was peaceful on the premises.
“As per the statements furnished by the students, a first-year student of BTech jumped the queue at a hostel mess at lunchtime and certain senior students objected to it. Soon, students from different batches gathered and a brawl ensued. None of the students bore any injury mark,” he said, while clarifying that a few students of the institute, who were not hostellers were allegedly involved in the brawl.
The SP said he had apprised senior police authorities in J&K of the factual situation and the situation was peaceful.
“There is no mention of anyone raising slogans in support or against any particular nation. Someone may have told mediapersons about some atrocity but nothing of that sort has been reported to the police,” he said.
Godara added that examinations at the institute were scheduled to begin from December 18 and the management had already announced preparatory leaves till December 14.