A football match between teams consisting of Indian and foreign students took a violent turn at Lovely Professional University in Chaheru on Tuesday night, resulting in the death of a Mizoram student, Johny, 19.
Superintendent of police Kamaljeet Singh Dhillon said on Wednesday that three African students - Hashim Idrish and Ahmed Althani of Sudan and Syed Faizal of Tanzania - were arrested under Sections 302 and 34 of the IPC.
During the unofficial match between teams named Mizoram and Sudan, Johny, a B.Tech student, scored a goal for the former. This infuriated the rival team members, who indulged in rough play. They kicked Johny in the stomach, chest and below the belt.
Johny fainted and fell on the ground. He was rushed to a local private hospital, where he was declared dead.
Around midnight, other students from Mizoram learnt about Johny's death. They staged a protest and demanded the expulsion of all African students. Chaheru SHO Ramandeep reached the spot and tried to pacify the students. He was informed that another group of students was hurling stones and bricks at the rear side of the university. When he reached there with the police, he was hit on the nose with a stone. The injured SHO was taken to a hospital at Jalandhar.
Superintendent of police Kamaljeet Singh Dhillon and DSP Sandeep Sharma also visited the campus.
Senior medical officer (SMO) Dr Rajiv Gupta said a three-member board of doctors of the civil hospital had conducted the post-mortem examination. Expressing grief over the death, Rashmi Mittal, pro-chancellor, LPU, said, "Students didn't play in the spirit of the game, which led to the irreparable loss of a bright student."
"We were there with the victim till the end and tried our best to save him. The university has expelled the accused students and got an FIR registered against them," she added.
Mittal said Johny's parents had been informed and arrangements made to send his body to his hometown in Mizoram.