College officials play down incident, say there is no threat to students in campus
Following the ‘verbal duel’ between Jammu and Srinagar students at Panchkula Engineering College (PEC) at Barwala on Sunday, some of the Kashmiri students have shifted out of the college hostel and have rented accommodation outside it.
College authorities said that after the incident the security was stepped up in the campus, but pointed out that nobody was facing threat at the campus.
In a statement issued on Wednesday by the placement officer of PEC, Pooja Mittal, it was pointed out that, “there was a minor incident in the hostel two days ago among the students which was resolved immediately on the same day by local police.”
The statement noted that the situation is peaceful and all the students including the Kashmiri students have attended the college. “Not even a single student has left the college. Those students who left the hostel have rejoined, except for four students.”
PEC Chairman, Sarwan Gupta, said that some of the students wanted to live outside the hostel and they were allowed to do so. He said that a verbal duel had ensued between the students from Kashmir and Jammu on Sunday, but after the arguments the matter was resolved between them and the compromise was reached at a local police station.
Gupta added that some of the students have given in writing that they had no problem at the campus but the college authorities in a precautionary move also provided two additional guards at the hostel for the security of students.
College officials said that after the verbal arguments between the students on Sunday, on the next day, some of the Kashmiri students assembled outside the college gate and called the others from inside who had already entered the college.
The officials said that the students who were inside joined them, resulting in the commotion.
However, later, a compromise was reached between them at a local police station. Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Ambala (rural), Nazneen Bhasin, said that, “There was no criminal offence in the case and it was a private matter between the two groups in which a compromise was reached.”
Dean Academics, PEC, Archana Zutshi, said that she is also from Kashmir and assured the students about their safety.
College officials also said that the statement made by some students read that, “We are not facing any threat