Demand shifting of the institute; allege use of brute force against them by local cops
Srinagar, April 6: A team of HRD on Thursday rushed here to NIT Srinagar to assess the situation following last week’s clashes between local and non-local students and subsequent violence by non-locals yesterday.
The HRD team met non-local students who presented a series of demands including shifting of NIT from Srinagar. The students said that they are feeling insecure in the campus and some of them even desired to go to their homes.
The non-local students also demanded action against police including top officers for alleged atrocities on them yesterday. Besides, the non-local students also demanded resignation of “some faculty members whose names they shall give in writing to the HRD team”.
The students told the HRD team that the police “brutally thrashed them and curtailed internet connectivity.” The students further demanded that media should be allowed to come inside the campus. The students also said that the claims of “mild lathi charge” by State Government are far from reality.
The HRD team also met local Kashmiri students who according to GNS demanded action against those involved in vandalism and opposed shifting of NIT. They also said that the matter is being politicized unnecessarily. Meanwhile sources said that the team would stay in Srinagar and is likely to hold further meetings.
Pertinently, hundreds of non-local students of NIT Srinagar on Tuesday evening attempted to “assault” policemen, prompting the men in uniform to use mild force against them to bring the situation under control.
Police had said that around 500 students of the NIT Srinagar hailing from other states, carrying banners displaying their demands, tried to take out a march and reached the main gate on the main road on Tuesday evening. “As they tried to come out on the main road, the Police deployment stopped them from going ahead and told them to go back,” it said.
The mob of students, however, resorted to violence by assaulting the policemen including officers and started stone pelting, the official had said.
“This resulted in damage to public property. The deployment chased the mob and in this melee some of the students got injured who were given first aid,” the official had said, adding Police has lodged a case (FIR no 45) at Police station Nigeen.
On Friday last, the non-local students beat up local students over India’s defeat in the semi-final match in the World T20 tournament. After the clashes, the NIT authorities had shut down the institute which was reopened on Monday.