Search for African students after soccer violence

"We are raiding various places...we have gathered some clues about their whereabouts and are hopeful of arresting them," Deputy Superintendent of Police Sandeep Sharma told IANS.

A friendly football match between students from Africa and Mizoram in the campus of Lovely Professional University (LPU) here turned deadly Tuesday when players of the two teams engaged in a brawl, resulting in the death of the Mizoram player, identified as Johnny Jwala.

"It was a friendly match between Mizo and African students who study here at the Lovely Professional University. During the last five minutes, the African students got offended over a goal. They grabbed Johnny and started punching him," said Sharma.

"They also hit him on his private parts. He was immediately taken to a hospital but was declared brought dead. We have booked three African students," Sharma said in Jalandhar, about 150 km from Chandigarh.

Police said the accused have been identified as Ahmed Al-Nagni and Sayed from Tanzania, and Hatin Ingrish from Sudan.

The varsity's deputy director Aman Mittal said: "This is a very unfortunate incident, but nothing was planned beforehand. We have registered a police complaint and would make sure that strict action is taken against the guilty."

Currently, over 250 foreign students from 16 countries are studying at the university. Of them, around 50 are from African countries.

Punjab's first private university, Lovely Professional University is located on the Phagwara-Jalandhar National Highway and has over 24,000 students on its rolls.



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