Srinagar: The situation at Srinagar’s National Institute of Technology (NIT) remained tense on Wednesday, a day after a group of students was injured in a lathicharge by security personnel on campus. Two members from the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) reached NIT campuson Wednesday to take stock of the situation.
The HRD have also send a fact finding team to the NIT campus.
The non-local students are demanding that they should be repatriated to the NIT in their respective state. The outstation students are demanding that when the HRD Ministry officials meet them, the local faculty members should not be part of the group.
Nirmal Singh, J&K Deputy Chief Minister said, “The students wanted to go out but they were stopped by the police who baton charged them. Few students have been injured. Parents are very stressed regarding this. I have taken cognizance. There is peace now. A team from the HRD is coming to NIT. I think their issues shall be addressed properly. I have talked to the Chief Minister also. She is also monitoring the situation.”
The parents of the students, asked to stay within the campus owing to security concerns, slammed the government and administration for treating their kids like hostages.
The students were trying to move out of the campus against the advice of security agencies following clashes on Friday and continuing tension in the campus. Tensions had simmered in the NIT after India lost the World T20 semi-final to the West Indies last week as a few students were allegedly rooting for India’s loss.
With rising tension in the college, two CRPF companies were deployed inside the campus and the Kashmir government had assured security to the non-Kashmiri students. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also called up the newly elected J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and discussed with her the situation.
Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also lashed out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government in Jammu and Kashmir and tweeted, “Lathi charge on students is highly condemnable. The BJP-PDP must stop this immediately.”