At least 12 students were injured in a clash between a group of students in the hostel of Swami Parmanand College of Engineering & Technology in Jaulan Kalan village in Mohali district after some students from Jammu and Kashmir allegedly cheered for the Pakistani team while watching a cricket match, police said on Thursday.
Lalru Station House Officer (SHO) Atul Soni said the incident took place on Tuesday night, when about 15 students were watching the one-day international (ODI) match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka on television in the hostel common room of the college and they allegedly cheered for the Pakistan team.
When other students objected, it led to an altercation. The scuffle turned violent as the students attacked each other using stones and sticks, the SHO said, adding that the students also vandalised hostel and college property.
The injured students were rushed to a local hospital and were later discharged. None of them was seriously injured. Meanwhile, the college authorities have closed the institution till September 8.
Yesterday, around 30 students from the institute joined BJP leaders from Lalru and students blocked the Chandigarh-Ambala highway for about an hour demanding action against the students for allegedly cheering for the Pakistan team.
The SHO said that BJP Samvad cell leader Dhami Sharma and 30 other unidentified protesters have been booked under various sections of the IPC and the National Highway Act.
Jammu and Kashmir assembly speaker,Mubarak Gul on Thursday has appealed to the Centre and chief ministers of all the states to ensure safety and protection of students from Kashmir who are studying outside the state. “This is a serious issue. The chief ministers of all the states should ensure protection of Kashmiri students in their states,” the Speaker said.