Five students from the north-east studying at Institute of Technology and Future Trends (ITFT), Mullanpur, were assaulted by a group of students belonging to Himachal Pradesh on Tuesday evening. Earlier in the day, the two sides had clashed on the institute’s premises and intervention of the authorities averted the situation from getting serious.
Police said that five students of Sikkim, identified as Sangam Rai, Avinash Lama, Amir Hang, Shring and Sudeep were admitted to Government Multi Speciality Hospital, Sector 16 with injuries of different nature.
Police said during investigations it was learnt that a few months back, a fight had ensued between a HP and a Sikkim student inside a bus. Thereafter, a cold war was going on between the two sides and had been exchanging blows every now and then. As the difference between the groups increased, the HP students on Tuesday thrashed Sikkim students at Khuda Alisher with batons, rods, besides damaging the bus they were travelling in.
DSP (central) Satish Kumar said they had arrested 10 students – Ajay Kumar, Sunny Thakur, Manu Thakur, Vishal, Anil, Rohit, Pardeep, Vijay, Sandeep and Gurjant – for rioting and wrongful restraint. A case has been registered at the Sector 11 police station.
Sources said, the local police received a number of calls from influential people in Delhi, urging them to act fast in the case.
Cops look for video footage
Police officials also said that a few people had videographed the incident, which they were trying to recover as evidence. There were reports that some of the residents also tried to sell the video to the media for money.