Situation continues to be tense at the National Institute of Technology, Srinagar after violence and lathi-charge on Wednesday. Police resorted to lathi-charge to scatter the mob who have been on a rally against the local students.
There are nearly 110 Telugu students in the campus. “The situation is worse here. We are feeling unsafe. Even the Kashmir government and Kashmiri police have been supporting the Kashmiri students here and thrashing us” Naresh Kumar, a third year student from Srikakulam said over phone.
Though BJP painted it as local (Kashmiri) and non-local (Non-Kashmiri), the issue is not just that. Pakistan’s debacle in T-20 WC and India’s exit from the tourney have put the institute boil. It was alleged that some of the Kashmiri students have raised anti-India slogans after India’s defeat at the hands of West Indies in the semi-finals. In retaliation, some 400-0dd non-kashmiri students took out a rally chanting Bharat Mata Ki Jai slogan and waving Indian National Flag. Kashmiris complained that they were attacked while they were returning after Friday prayers on 1st of this month. The issue has been boiling since then. Police action, in which scores of students were injured, has virtually frightened the non-Kashmiris who have been demanding that they have no security and they should be shifted to some other NIT in the country.
CRPF has been deployed at NIT Srinagar.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also called up Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and discussed with her the situation at NIT. State government has assured full security to non-Kashmiris
Police personnel on duty at the NIT tried to reassure the students that they were safe inside the campus but they were not pacified, he said.” While the head of the security deployment was speaking to them, a few of the students allegedly resorted to sloganeering and even pushed him around. The other police personnel then resorted to “lathi-charge” to disperse the students who were getting violent”, an official explained
In Delhi, HRD ministry officials said they were in touch with the management of the institute and the Director of the NIT has spoken to the students so that normalcy prevails.
On Friday last, the campus had witnessed clashes between local and non-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.
“We take responsibility all the students of the country studying in NIT. We have put in place all the measures,” the Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh, who is from BJP said.