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Several injured as hostellers clash at Cotton University


Guwahati, Jul 2: Several students were injured in a clash between the inmates of two hostels of Cotton University in Guwahati in the early hours of Saturday, officials said.

A group of inmates of a boys' hostel allegedly hurled bricks, bottles and other objects at another hostel around 1.45 am, they said.

Several students, who were sleeping at that time, were injured in the attack, with some trying to retaliate by hurling similar objects, they added.

One of the students was seriously injured and was admitted to the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital, a varsity official said.

The events which led to the clash are unclear, but varsity sources said the campus has been tense after the general secretary of the students' union joined the ruling BJP.

Students of the varsity, especially the borders of several hostels, had staged a demonstration on the campus on Thursday over it. They claimed that he was supported by the students as an apolitical candidate and it was "unethical" for him to join a political party.

A case was filed following the violence, and an investigation started, police said.

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