NIT non-local students now try to ‘assault’ cops 

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nitDemand temple inside campus, hoisting of tri-colour on main gate; HRD minister Smriti Irani expected to arrive on April 13  

Abid Hussain

Srinagar, April 5: Hundreds of non-local students of NIT Srinagar on Tuesday attempted to “assault” policemen, prompting the men in uniform to use to mild force against them to bring the situation under control.

A police official told Kashmir Glory 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.

The mob of students, however, resorted to violence by assaulting the policemen including officers and started stone pelting, the official 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 said, adding Police has lodged a case (FIR no 45) at Police station Nigeen and investigation has begun.

“Situation has been brought under control. Senior police officers visited the spot and are monitoring the situation,” the official added.

The demands by the non-local students include hoisting of Indian flag at main gate and fountain.

Permanent security should be provided from outsiders (locals), reads another demand of the students.

“Equality and transparency during all examinations, events and activities held at NIT Srinagar. There should be no academic harassment by the faculty. Action must be taken against faculty and administration members who are involved in anti-national activity and violence. They have even threatened the students,” they said, adding, “As J&K police has not been able to provide security and safe passage to leave the campus rather has lathi-charged the students and shot Tear Gas Shells on them. Therefore central forces should be engaged for the security of students of NIT Srinagar.”

They also demanded setting up of a temple inside the campus.

Local students told Kashmir Glory that the non-local students have started to raise “illogical and anti-Kashmiri” demands against local students and local faculty after one non-local faculty member joined the institute some fortnight ago.

“There is some conspiracy and events that have unfolded in last few days is a clear indicative in this regard,” the local students said.

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.

Meanwhile, sources said that Indian HRD minister Smriti Zubin Irani is visiting NIT on April 13 and she is likely to meet students and officials of the institute.