NIT fallout: Protests erupts at KU campus, condemn recent attacks on Kashmiri students

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KU PROTESTAsif Iqbal

Srinagar, April 11: Amid a brewing controversy over the recent happenings in NIT and recent attacks on Kashmiri students who were studying in various colleges outside Jammu and Kashmir, strong protests erupt Monday morning in University of Kashmir.

Reports reaching Kashmir Glory said that scores of varsity students abandoning their classes have been protesting over the inaction against the non-local students for their alleged assault on local students.

The protesting students are carrying banners which read ‘No NIT, No IIT; Only freedom’, ‘We Want Justice’, ‘We Win or Die; We Won’t Surrender’. The protesters also hoisted Pakistani flag amid pro-freedom slogans.

Later , the other students of the varsity assembled and joined the protesting students who were alleging that : “It is a shame that the government is silent at the attacks on Kashmiri students studying in various Indian colleges. They are worried only about non-locals students at the NIT despite knowing how they (non-local students) vandalised the college property,” rued a protesting student.

The students later staged a march to show their solidarity and support for the Kashmiri students who were feeling unsafe in Indian colleges.

The protests were continuing when reports last came in.

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.