Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah on Wednesday described the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) deployment at the NIT as abnormal, asserting that the situation called for tact not force.
Reacting on twitter, Abdullah expressed his disappointment over the deployment of CRPF on the NIT campus.
His tweet read, “TWO companies of CRPF in a campus is not normal by any stretch of imagination. Requires tact not use of force.”
TWO companies of CRPF in a campus is not normal by any stretch of imagination. Requires tact not use of force. https://t.co/zuY1UKW0QC
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) April 5, 2016
The CRPF was deployed last night on the campus even as Home Minister Rajnath Singh discussed the issue with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.
The NIT has been at the centre of huge controversy since India losing to West Indies in the semi-finals of the just-concluded World Twenty20 competition.
There’s been a tension on the campus between the non-Kashmiri and local students.
Non-Kashmiri students studying at NIT Srinagar on Tuesday night complained of police brutalities as they tried to move out of the institute in group during a protest demonstration.
Quoting students, who wished not to be identified, PTI reported that protesting students had sat on dharna demanding meeting with HRD officials.
One student said, “We held meeting with NIT administration and they agreed to the demand. We were allowed freely to move out the gate. When we were going out of the campus as per the past practice, police did not allow us and resorted to cane-charge resulting in injuries to several students.”
Jammu and Kashmir’s deputy chief minister, Nirmal Singh, said that there was mild lathi charge when NIT students tried to move to the gate to meet media.
He said, ” Two companies of CRPF have been deployed there and the situation is normal now.”