Ministers’ team interacts with students 

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Nirmal Singh says issues of local versus non locals students is redundant 
KG News Desk
Srinagar, April 8: Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh on Friday held talks with representatives of non-local students of the NIT here in a bid to restore normalcy on the campus.
Apart from Nirmal Singh, Education Minister Naeem Akhtar and National Institute of Technology Director Rohit Gupta were involved in talking with a dozen-odd student representatives at Singh’s official residence here on Friday evening, a top state government official was quoted as saying by by a wire news agency.
The official said the ongoing meeting had stretched for three hours and the government was hopeful of an end to the impasse at the NIT soon
Speaking to media men, he said that the controversy surrounding the issue of ‘Kashmiri versus non-Kashmiri students’ was redundant as there was no such issue prevalent.
“NIT is an institution and the BJP believes that there should not be any political interference there, that’s why the HRD is dealing with their academic and other issues including their safety. A magisterial enquiry is underway into the lathicharge on students and report will come in 15 days, following which all those police officials responsible will be punished,” Singh said.
Assuring complete security, he said that troops of CRPF and senior officers from the Jammu and Kashmir Police were deployed inside the campus and were constantly monitoring the situation.
“As a Deputy Chief Minister, I assure the complete safety of the students and I am taking a personal interest in the matter. I had gone to Srinagar yesterday and I will be going there today as well to take stick of the situation,” he added.