Police in Jammu and Kashmir have said that the situation on the NIT campus was under control and students were in their hostels as the Srinagar-based college investigated the alleged hoisting of Pakistani flags on Indian cricket team’s defeat in World Twenty20 semi-final.
Javed M Gilani, IGP Kashmir, told ANI, “Classes will resume on Monday, college will take action on the basis of recommendation by its fact finding committee.”
This came after huge protests at the National Institute of Technology, after India lost the World T20 semi-final match to West Indies on Thursday night.
A video of some engineering students hoisting Pakistani flag had gone viral.
According to Indian Express, some Kashmiri students had chanted anti-India slogans and burst firecrackers after India lost. NIT authorities said the campus had been closed and students have been asked to vacate the hostel.
But according to local students, the violence was started by students from other states on Friday. One student said that when Kashmiris studying in the college were returning from Friday prayers, they were met with a crowd of students waving the Tricolour and chanting ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ and anti-Pakistan slogans. Some of them also indulged in violence, which led to a fight breaking out, the student said. “A teacher and some students received minor injures,” he said.
Fayaz Ahmad Mir, Registrar, NIT Srinagar, according to Indian Express, confirmed that clashes had erupted but denied that any student had been injured. “The supporters of two teams had a tiff over the cricket match. Nobody was injured and the situation is under control,” he said. He said students were asked to vacate the hostel because they refused to “maintain discipline in the institution even after repeated requests from the administration”.