Unrest prevailed at the National Institute of Technology (NIT) campus in Srinagar with non-Valley students demanding immediate action against some NIT officials who were allegedly indulged in “anti-national” activities.
The agitating students also asked that they be allowed to daily hoist national tri-colour at the main gate.
They demanded shifting of the campus to Jammu.
Tension between non-Valley students and Kashmiri students got escalated after the latter celebrated the West Indies’ victory over India in the World T20 semi-final match on March 31. As a result, non-local students have been boycotting classes since April 4 and have alleged “anti-national” sentiment among the Kashmiris.
On April 6, a three-member team of human resources development (HRD) Ministry, arrived in Srinagar and held talks with the agitating students to defuse the tension.
Union minister Smriti Irani has said the three-member team from the HRD ministry will remain stationed there till the exams are over.
Irani also spoke to Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti who assured her that safety of all students will be ensured. She said some students wanted to go back home for which her ministry is making arrangements.
Since March 31 night, the authorities had posted personnel from Seema Suraksha Bal (SSB). The local police was manning the main gate of the institute.
Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah has suggested that rushing a team from HRD ministry to NIT here and replacing state police with the CRPF hinted at Centre’s lack of confidence in chief minister Mehbooba Mufti.
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