varsity suspends classes after soccer violence
The Lovely Professional University (LPU) here Thursday called off
classes for three days following the death of a Mizo student who
was brutally thrashed by three African students during a football
match in the campus.
Jalandhar (Punjab): Nine more African students have been arrested in connection with
the killing of a Mizo youth in a case of soccer-related violence
at Lovely Professional University (LPU) here, police said Friday.
Of the nine, eight are from Sudan and one is from Tanzania and
they have been sent to judicial custody, police said. Three others
had been arrested earlier and charged with the murder of fellow
student Johnny F. Lalhmangaih Wednesday and they are in police
"We have arrested nine more African students. Though they were not
directly involved in killing the Mizo student, they had provoked
the other three African students to commit the crime and make the
situation deteriorate further," Deputy Superintendent of Police
Sandeep Sharma told IANS.
"They are pursuing various courses at LPU. They have been booked
under Sections 107 and 151 of the Indian Penal Code and sent to
14-day judicial remand by the court."
The first section relates to abetment in crime and the second to
knowingly joining or continuing in assembly of five or more
persons after it has been commanded to disperse.
Police are yet to recover the spiked shoes that the accused were
allegedly wearing when they kicked the victim. "Our interrogation
is on. We are hopeful of recovering those spiked shoes today,"
Three African students - Ahmed Al-Nagni and Sayed Feisal from
Tanzania, and Hatin Indriss from Sudan - were arrested Wednesday
night for thrashing Johnny to death during a soccer match.
Following this, they were also suspended by the LPU authorities.
Johnny, who was pursuing civil engineering from LPU, had scored a
goal for his team during a friendly football match between
students from Africa and Mizoram in the campus, following which
the African students got into a brawl and started bashing him.
According to the post-mortem report, Johnny died of internal
injuries. His father works as a sub-divisional officer in the
public welfare department in Mizoram.
Following the incident, scores of Indian students went on the
rampage Wednesday and damaged the hostel furniture and rooms.
Heavy police force was called in to control the situation.
In a bid to avoid any further untoward incidents, LPU authorities
have closed the varsity for three days till Saturday. The varsity
authorities have also shifted all African students, numbering over
45, from their hostels to an undisclosed location.
"We have deployed sufficient police force inside and outside the
campus. There is no threat from anybody and force has been
deployed as a precautionary measure," stated Sharma.
Currently, over 250 foreign students from 16 countries are
studying at the university. Of them, around 50 are from African
Punjab's first private university, LPU is located on the
Phagwara-Jalandhar National Highway, 140 km from Chandigarh, and
has over 24,000 students on its rolls.