Non-Kashmiri students want NIT campus relocated outside valley

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Non-Kashmiri students from National Institute of Technology in Srinagar on Wednesday met the visiting team from the HRD ministry and presented series of demands including the shifting of the campus outside Kashmir and action against the policemen, allegedly involved in lathicharge on Tuesday.

After the violence being reported on Tuesday, the HRD ministry on Wednesday sent a three-member team to Srinagar. The team consisted Sanjeev Sharma, Director (Technical Education) in the ministry, Deputy Director Finance Fazal Mehmood and Chairman of Board of Governors of NIT M J Zarabi.

The protesting students, according to PTI, told the delegation, “Our first demand is that the NIT be shifted from here. We want to go home first and we will go wherever you shift us,”

Another student said, “What J&K police has done, you have seen the videos. We want strict action be taken against them including the DySP Sajad. We also demand the DySP change his statement in which he has said that students hurled stones at police.”

He also demanded the entry of media to the campus adding that the national flag allegedly taken by police on Tuesday should be returned back to them.

Earlier today, the Union HRD Minister, Smriti Irani, had said that her prime concern was to ensure the safety of the students.

In Surat, HRD Minister Smriti Irani said she had spoken to Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti who assured her that safety of all students will be ensured.

“My officers are in touch with the agitating students and their family members. One or two students said they wanted to go back home for which my ministry is making arrangements,” she said.

 

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