Controversial actor Actor Anupam Kher was Sunday stopped by Jammu and Kashmir Police at the airport in Srinagar and not allowed to visit the National Institute of Technology (NIT), which has been a centre of huge controversy since last week.
“He (Kher) was stopped at the airport and not allowed to visit NIT,” a police official was quoted by Press Trust of India.
He said Kher was asked to return to Delhi as there were apprehensions of law and order problems.
Kher had arrived at Srinagar airport primarily to provide “moral support to the students.”
He later tweeted, “Landed in Srinagar.’HOME’ away from home. Will go to #NITSrinagar & meet the students & give them a warm hug & a special gift. :).”
“I have been told by J&K Police that I cannot enter Srinagar city at all. I have asked them to show me the orders. Still at the airport,” he wrote on Twitter.
He said he was not going to NIT to create problems but to meet the students.
“I was going there as a citizen to meet students and give them moral support…If they say this is a law and order situation, I will say millions of people go to university, it’s an open place, why should they stop me,” Kher said at the airport.
“I was not going there to create problems.I was just going there to give them a sense of warmth,” he said.
Violence between Kashmiri and outstation students had started after India’s defeat to West Indies in the World Twenty20 semi-final. Non-Kashmiri students had accused the local students of hoisting Pakistani flags on the campus.
CRPF forces were later deployed on the campus with outstation students accusing the local police of lathicharge. Angry students have complained that they were beaten by local police for chanting ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai.’
Union HRD ministry had sent a three-member delegation to take stock of the situation. Non-Kashmiri students had demanded the NIT campus be shifted out of Srinagar. But the HRD ministry’s delegation rejected that demand.