The Punjab Police on Saturday arrested 21 students, all hailing from Congo and studying in Lovely Professional University, for indulging in rioting and theft at a public place in Jalandhar.
Police sources said two African students had a verbal duel with a car owner, after the water accumulated on the road near Garha railway crossing got splashed on them when the car passed by. Though the car owner left the spot, a crowd assembled in the area. Soon more students joined the agitated two.
The students then caught hold of Naveen Kumar, hailing from Himachal Pradesh and on his way to attend an interview onboard a rickshaw, as they mistook him as a friend of the car owner.
Kumar was beaten up in full public view. When they tried to flee, the public chased them. At this, they allegedly pelted stones, but were replied in the same fashion by the chasing public. Police reached the spot and took an injured Kumar to a police vehicle. When the students tried to pull him out of the vehicle.
Later, a case under sections 382 (theft), 160 (committing affray), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapons), 149 (unlawful assembly) and 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) of the IPC was registered.