10 Kashmiri students sacked for cheering Pak cricket team
A private university in western Uttar Pradesh has expelled 10 Kashmiri students who were found cheering for Pakistan cricket team after they were found guilty of misconduct and damaging property.
Swami Vivekanad Subharati University (SVSU) in Meerut however revoked the suspension of 57 other Kashmiri students.
On 4 March 67 Kashmiri students of SVSU were expelled for celebrating Pakistan’s victory over India in a cricket match. A clash broke out between 8-10 Kashmiri students and local students on the hostel premises of the university over raising pro-Pakistan slogans.
The city police slapped sedition charges under section 124 (a) of the Indian Penal Code on students which was later withdrawn following widespread criticism, including that from Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah.
Omar had tweeted his support to the students saying the punishment was unduly harsh and that Kashmiri youth would be further alienated because of the move. The decision created a political furore with political parties objecting to the expulsion of Kashmiri students. Bowing to pressure a disciplinary committee was set up and it found 10 students guilty of misconduct and damaging university property, vice-chancellor prof Manzoor Ahmed said on Friday.
However, the committee revoked the suspension of 57 other students. ‘The 10 students are writing their exams now. Once exams get over, they will be sent back home,’ the vice-chancellor told a local TV channel in Meerut.
‘The decision to expel these students was taken following a recommendation from the disciplinary committee. The students were found guilty of damaging university property,’ the V-C said.
Around 200 Kashmiri students are enrolled in B Tech and law courses
in the university.