Chandigarh: About 12 students, including nine from Jammu and Kashmir, were injured in a clash between seniors and juniors apparently over jumping queue at the hostel mess of a private college in Haryana's Yamunanagar district, police said on Sunday.
9 students from J&K had been injured in a clash at the hostel mess of a private college in Radaur town yesterday, while a few more students who belong to different states including UP and Haryana had sustained minor injuries in the incident, Ved Prakash Godara, SP, Yamunanagar said.
"When the students had lined up for getting their lunch from the hostel mess, a 1st year student from J&K broke the queue after which some senior students, also from the state strongly objected to this," he said.
"An altercation broke out after which some students from the 3rd year and 1st year clashed, that also included some students belonging to Haryana and UP," he added.
The SP dismissed reports that "outsiders" had entered the college premises and targeted the Kashmiri students.
"No outsiders were involved in this. Some people may try to give a communal colour to the incident, but that is not correct. It is true that some of the students involved in the fight were not hostelers and live in rented accommodation in Radaur town, but they are not outsiders.
"There is no communal tension in the college..," he said.
Among the nine injured students, four have been hospitalised in Yamunanagar, police said, adding that statements from the students and college authorities have been recorded.
A case will be registered after further investigations into the matter, Godara said.
He said that the police and district authorities had intervened in the matter and the situation in the campus is peaceful now.
"After the incident, I immediately deputed a local SHO and area DSP along with police force to reach the campus. The police and the civil administration officials have assured the students of their safety and security," the SP said.
The official also rubbished reports that the students from J&K studying in the college had "run away" from the campus and taken shelter inside a police station after the incident.
"There is no truth in this. About 60-70 students from J&K are going home because of vacations as their examinations start from December 18. Remaining of the nearly 130 odd students are staying back. They are very much here," he said.