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Pak vs Eng T20 match: Punjab police releases 5 Kashmiri students; no sloganeering reported says JKSA

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir Students Association here on Monday said that all five Kashmiri students who were detained after students clashed with each other at Lala Lajpat Rai College Moga Punjab and were in Moga Police Custody have been released now.

In a statement, National Convenor of Association Nasir Khuehami said that he had spoken to SSP Moga Punjab Gulneet Khurana requested him to intervene in this Matter & to take cognizance of such gory incident that happened in Moga With Kashmiri students.

Khuehami said that a total of 10 students have been arrested of which five were from Kashmir and others from Bihar. Kashmiri students have suffered minor injuries. The matter was been taken up with Punjab Govt and police officials for its earliest redressal. He termed reports about sloganeering during the match as fake, concocted and baseless.

SSP Moga assured that action would be taken against those involved & all five detained students will be released. All five students have been released now. We have taken full measures to protect all students from Kashmir and also take steps to see that the relationship between Kashmiri students and others remains cordial, Khuehami said while quoting SSP Moga. He thanked SSP Moga for his intervention, prompt response and for releasing all five students.

Khuehami condemned the attack on Kashmiri students by students from Bihar, during England- Pakistan Final match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022. He urged Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann to take action against the accused and provide security to Kashmiri students studying in Punjab. These incidents have increased the sense of insecurity among Kashmiri students, he added further.

He called upon the Punjab Government to take effective measures to prevent such happenings and address the waning sense of security among the Kashmiri students studying in the state. Ideally, support for a particular team should not be tagged to someone’s politics or ideology. Let sports remain what it is meant to be. Cricket after all is a gentleman’s game, he emphasized.

National Co-Convenor Of Association Danish Lone said that Director Lajpat Rai Group of institutions about the incident told us that, while the match between Pakistan and England was going on, students from Bihar and Kashmiri students had bickering which subsequently turned to a fight in which about Kashmiri students were injured though the injuries are not grave. The students pelted stones at each other causing minor injuries to Kashmiri students. As a precautionary measure, we called the police to control the situation and the police has taken 10 students into their custody. The matter was been taken up with Punjab Assembly Speaker Kultar Singh Ji for the protection of students and immediate release of detainees students, Danish added while Quoting the Director of the College.

North India Vice President of J&K Students Association Azhar Rashid said that Association has been continuously requesting students to stay away from crowded gatherings and enjoy the game in silence. The Punjab incident is deplorable and could have been avoided. We demand punishment and arrest for the elements involved in thrashing and harassing the Kashmiri students.


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