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Mizo student’s death not first act of campus violence
JATINDER PREET  1st May 2011

f the management of the Lovely Professional University had taken timely action after an earlier incident of violent clash involving foreign students, the death this week of a Mizo student at the hands of African students might have been avoided. The Mizo student, Johny Lalhmangaih Zuala, died after a football match between students from Mizoram and African countries took a violent turn at the LPU here on Wednesday.

A journalism student who did not want her name to be revealed said the university management did not take any action against the African students who had beaten up a Punjabi student earlier. The feeling is growing that foreign students are being favoured at their cost, she said.

Angry students went on a rampage following Zuala's death, damaging hostel furniture and rooms. Police had to be deployed to bring the situation under control. Sensing the students' mood the university authorities shifted all African students from their hostels to an undisclosed location. An uneasy calm prevails on the campus, with students not being allowed out of their hostels. Classes have been suspended for three days.

Sensing the students’ mood the university authorities shifted all African students from their hostels to an undisclosed location.

The LPU has over 24,000 students, among whom 250 students are from 16 different countries, including 50 from African countries. Anticipating that there would be problems because of cultural differences the university has put up an elaborate set of guidelines on its website detailing the measures in place to ward off any untoward incident. But the latest violence caused the authorities unawares.

Zuala, 22, a civil engineering student was beaten up badly in a brawl after he scored a goal. Zuala was pushed around, punched and kicked by seven to nine African players. He was taken to a private clinic and later shifted to bigger hospital where he died. Two Sudanese and one Tanzanian student were arrested under Sections 302 and 34 of IPC and sent for police reman d. Other members of the team comprising one Tanzanian and eight Sudanese students were also arrested under Section 107/151 of the CrPC. The three main accused have been suspended from the university. Zuala's body was airlifted to Mizoram.

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