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Meerut varsity suspends students for cheering Pakistan in a cricket match
Wednesday March 5, 2014 11:12 AM, Agencies

Swami Vivekanand Subharti University in Meerut on Tuesday suspended about seventy Kashmiri students allegedly for celebrating Pakistan's victory over India in the Asia cup on Sunday.

The university said some Kashmiri students celebrated Pakistan's victory and raised slogans in the community hall of the hostel, which led to a clash with other students and escalated into stone-throwing.

Officials said the students had committed an "anti-national act" and also vandalised hostel property.

Interestingly, the Kashmiri students of one hostel block were suspended and asked to leave but no action was taken against the other group and they all were spared.

"The students were suspended for creating a ruckus on campus and shouting pro-Pakistan slogans, which caused tension on the campus," NDTV quoted RK Garg, the university registrar as saying.

The suspended students were reportedly escorted by police and university officials to Ghaziabad, about an hour's drive away. Some of them have returned to Jammu and Kashmir and others are staying with friends, hoping to return to the university soon.

India has the history of communal tension during and after cricket matches between the two arch-rivals.

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