Non-Kashmiri students staged another peaceful protest march inside the campus on Friday, a day after the J&K government ordered a time-bound probe into the NIT-Srinagar row.
They continued pressing on their demands for shifting the campus out of Srinagar and action against J&K police for its lathi charge that left many severely injured.
Exams are scheduled to start on April 11. Students are firm that they will not appear for it unless their demands are met. HRD Minister Smriti Irani has said that the protesting students will be able to appear for exams at a later date.
Support from other NITs
Students from NIT-Silchar, in Assam, took out a march of solidarity with their counterparts at NIT-Srinagar. Amid chants of “Bharat Mata ki Jai”, “Jai Hind”, and “Vande Mataram”, they sent out a strong message in support of the pro-India students who were allegedly beaten up by the J&K police.
The NIT-Silchar students unfurled the tricolour inside the campus.
What is the J&K police doing?
K Rajendra, the Director General of J&K Police, which is accused of beating up the students, visited the institute on Friday. But the DGP reportedly did not meet the students.
The police has filed two FIRs but has not named anyone.
Meanwhile, the Facebook page ‘Save the students of NITSrinagar’ posted that some students claim to have spotted J&K police men in plain clothes inside the campus, leading to a fresh wave of security concern for the students despite the fact that 600 paramilitary soldiers are guarding the institute.
What is the political brass saying?
Speaking to reporters yesterday, Deputy CM Nirmal Singh said that the Additional District Magistrate of Srinagar has been asked to conduct the inquiry and file a report within 15 days. He also said that his previous comment of “mild lathi charge”, for which he was criticized, was based on information he had at the time.
But National Conference chief Omar Abdullah expressed his displeasure at the decision of the state government led by BJP-PDP combine.
On April 6, the day after the CRPF was called in, Abdullah had tweeted this:
Rushing in a team from HRD ministry coupled with the CRPF replacing J&K police speaks volumes about Delhi’s confidence in Mehbooba Mufti.
— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) April 6, 2016
He said that the instead of removing the J&K police from the campus, the CRPF should have “complemented and supplemented” them.