Srinagar NIT students to continue protest at Jantar Mantar

| Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 15:44
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NIT Srinagar students

New Delhi: Students of NIT Srinagar will continue protest at Jantar Mantar in the capital city from morning to 5 pm on Thursday. The students have been demanding for the institute to be shifted out of Srinagar as they do not accept the brutality of the state police.

No action has been taken against the policemen who were involved in the baton charge in the campus.

The protestors also demanded that non-Kashmiri students be given adequate security and strict action be taken against Jammu and Kashmir police.

After a meeting with the HRD ministry, it is understood that there is no possibility of moving the institute out of Srinagar.

(Also read: Restrictions, shutdowns continue in Kashmir Valley)

Smriti Irani, however, said other things will be looked into while assurances were given to the protesting students.

On Tuesday, newly elected Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti discussed the matter with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and had turned down the appeal for shifting NIT out of Srinagar.

Around 2,000 non-Kashmiri students earlier left the NIT in a mass exodus, following the state of unrest in the campus after clashes broke out between local and outstation students post India's defeat to West Indies in the semi-final of the T20 World Cup.

The institute has around 2500 students, of which over two thousand students are from outside the state and approximately 300 are from Kashmir.

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