A "minor argument" between two students--one from Uttar Pradesh and another from Kashmir at an engineering college in Haryana has led to violence in the Jhajjar campus.
According to reports, the Kashmiri student was allegedly called a 'terrorist' by another student.
Kashmiri students at a Ganga Institute of Technology and Management were brutally beaten up allegedly by fellow students and security guards of the institute following the altercation on Tuesday night, say reports.
Later, the Kashmiri students staged a protest, which was called off after college authorities rusticated the student who allegedly made the slur.
The whole affair began when Kaleemullah Babu, a Kashmiri student, threw water at some fellow students as a 'joke'. Accidentally, Kasim, a resident of UP, got drenched. Following this, Kasim reportedly became aggressive and started hurling abuses at Kaleemullah. "He eventually called me a terrorist," the Kashmiri student alleged.
The argument escalated leading to violence.
"We were trying to intervene, but soon the security guards and bus drivers also jumped in and rained blows on us. Two of us sustained injuries in the eye and the third got a cut on the face," another Kashmiri student told The Hindu.
However, some alleged that the row escalated after one Kashmiri student slapped a college employee.
At present, there are 70 Kashmiri students studying in the institute. They were enrolled through the Prime Minister's Scholarship Programme for Jammu and Kashmir.
Kashmiri students staged a demonstration and hunger strike on the campus on Wednesday morning. However, the strike was called off, when Aman Aggarwal, the director of the institute, assured them that their demands would be duly considered.
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