Meerut: Kashmiri students accused of raising anti-India slogans in dental college
VHP and Bajrang Dal leaders stormed the college campus on Wednesday and confronted college officials, and accused them of keeping the matter under wraps instead of reporting to administration.Updated: Jun 22, 2017 10:54 IST
Hindustan Times, Meerut
A group of Kashmiri students of a dental college in Meerut were accused of shouting anti-India slogans after Pakistan defeated India in the Champions Trophy final on Sunday, coming amidst a wave of cases against people who cheered for Pakistan.
While police have started investigation, activists of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal led by its leader Balraj Dungar stormed the college campus on Wednesday and confronted college officials, and accused them of keeping the matter under wraps instead of reporting to administration.
Dungar claimed that a group of college students approached him after college officials ignored their plea. The students had also shown the Hindu outfit leaders some anti-India posts on social media.
The dental college has 60 Kashmiri students and majority of them have gone to their native place after the controversy. A few of them however claimed that they are going to home to celebrate Eid and they had nothing to do with controversy.
SSP J Ravindra Gaur has directed SP (city) Maan Singh Chauhan to investigate the matter.
Dungar claimed that college principal Sunil Malhotra admitted to receiving complaints from a few students, and has set up a committee to investigate the allegations.
Dungar and the college students have lodged separate complaints demanding sedition charges against the Kashmiri students who allegedly shouted anti-India slogans and cheered the victory of Pakistan.
He has also threatened to launch a massive movement if action was not initiated against culprits.
Brahmpuri circle officer Dharmendra Chauhan and a battalion from a different police station arrived at the college to contain any untoward incident.
In 2015, groups of Kashmiri and local students clashed in Subharti University after Kashmiri students allegedly cheered victory of Pakistani cricket team over India in a T20 match.
Cases of sedition were lodged against a group of Kashmiri students and they were sent to their native towns in the night in order to avoid further clashes. Later, cases of sedition were withdrawn and a few students were expelled from the university.
Five people were slapped with sedition charges in Rajasthan on Wednesday for allegedly celebrating Pakistan’s shock victory over India in the Champions Trophy final in London, police said.
They were among at least three dozen people, including three minors, booked in three different states over similar allegations.
First Published: Jun 22, 2017 10:31 IST