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.”
Police, for its part, blamed the protesting students for escalating the situation.
News agency ANI quoted police as saying, ” About 500 NIT Srinagar students in shape of mob carrying banners tried to take out march and reach main gate on main road today evening. Police deployment stopped them and told them to move back. Students resorted to violence by assaulting policemen and started stone pelting. The deployment chased the mob and in this melee some of the students got injured who were given first aid.”
Police said they had lodged FIR at Nigeen police station and started investigation adding that the situation was under control.
The non-local students have been boycotting classes since Monday after clashes with Kashmiri students, who allegedly celebrated West Indies’ victory over India in the World T20 semi final on 31 March. This led to tension in the institute with the non-locals alleging “anti-national” sentiment among the Kashmiris.