Indian, Afghan students clash at NIT, 5 injured

At least five students, including three from Afghanistan, were injured in a clash between students at National Institute of Technology (NIT), Rourkela, during an annual cultural extravaganza, the police said.

Though the cause of the incident was not exactly clear, sources said Afghan students, allegedly in an inebriated state, spoke in an "objectionable" manner to the Indian students leading to a clash between two groups.

"The situation is normal now. The Afghanistan students are being provided security by the police as they are minority," said Sunil Sadangi, director of NIT, Rourkela, who intervened and separated the groups. "We are inquiring as to why the clash took place," he said. The five injured, including an Indian who was seriously hurt, were given treatment at the Ispat General Hospital. "Local police is providing security to the foreign students," said sub-divisional police officer S Sethi.

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