Seems like Mushfiqur Rahim was not the only one celebrating India’s defeat to West Indies at the semi-final of the T20 World Cup. Some Kashmiri students at Srinagar’s National Institute of Technology (NIT) were elated at India’s defeat too.
That triggered a clash between them and the non-Kashmiri students, leaving many from either side injured.
Their clash broke window panes and damaged college property. The result was that the NIT suspended classes and asked students to vacate hostels.
Reports say that local students also raised pro-Pakistan slogans. Local students alleged that it was the “outsiders” who instigated the tiff.
But NIT registrar told the Indian Express that it was indeed the match which triggered the clash though he added that no student was hurt.
— Fahad Shah (@pzfahad) 1 April 2016
On Friday afternoon, the non-Kashmiri students took out a pro-India march following which the NIT administration took a decision to close the institute to prevent any further clashes.
“In view of the indiscipline created by the students, the institute is closed till further orders. All students are asked to vacate the hostels,” a notice issued by the NIT registrar read.
But NIT has now revoked its order of vacating the hostel.
— Rahul Chauhan (@raj_sng) 1 April 2016
The ‘nationalist’ students at NIT are being praised on Twitter:
‘Courage is Infectious’. My salute to NIT students of Srinagar 4 raising d National Flag & Chanting Vande Mataram. Hope Govt. protects them.
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) 2 April 2016
The nationalist students at NIT Srinagar should be our heroes,Waiting to see when @OfficeOfRG & @ArvindKejriwal goes to meet them
— Rashneek Kher (@Rashneek) 2 April 2016
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Kudos to the students in NIT Srinagar for hoisting India Flag right on face of Azaadi Gang in Kashmir. Proud of you! #JaiHind
— Devika (@Dayweekaa) 1 April 2016
— Maurya ji (@sushant_maurya) 1 April 2016
JNU scums who cried for Bharat ki barbaadi got so much support from Media. #NITSrinagar guys who say “Bharat mata ki jai” are blanked out.
— Vivek Bhat (@vivekbhat9) 2 April 2016
One sensible commentator pointed to the fact that Kashmiri students too were injured.
Reports of non-local students harassed at NIT Srinagar campus after the #IndvsWI game are distressing. Let’s shun our double standards. 1/2
— Junaid Azim Mattu (@Junaid_Mattu) 1 April 2016
But some chose to continue with their myopic ideas of separatism.
NIT Srinagar is an eye opener, imagine if outsiders gain permanent residence in Kashmir we will all be driven out of our homes. #Kashmir
— Daniyal Bashir ❦ (@Daniyalbr) 1 April 2016
The incident comes as the BJP and PDP get ready to form a government in J&K with Mehbooba Mufti as the chief minister. It will be interesting to see how this situation is handled by the two parties.
On Friday, the pro-India student group unfurled the national flag on the campus.