Several non-Kashmiri students at the National Institute of Technology (NIT) in Srinagar were injured, five of them critically, as the police resorted to a canecharge and fired teargas shells to disperse protesters today.
The CRPF was tonight deployed on the campus even as Home Minister Rajnath Singh took up the issue with CM Mehbooba Mufti, a PTI report said. The NIThad been tense since Thursday following a clash between students over hoisting of the Tricolour after defeat of the Indian cricket team in the World Cup T-20 semifinal against West Indies.
Trouble reportedly started this evening after students tried to speak to the media outside the gate, and the police intervened, launching a crackdown. An injured student said they were “targeted without provocation”. FA Mir, NIT Registrar, said the non-local students continued to boycott classes today and staged a protest. He claimed the administration held talks with the students, but to no avail.
The non-Kashmiri students, numbering around 1,500, have been staging demonstrations demanding adequate security ever since the clash. They alleged that they were being threatened by the locals as well as the faculty members for daring to unfurl the national flag, a charge countered as “baseless” by the opposite side.
The students have petitioned the Union HRD Minister for permanent security and “50 per cent non-local staff”.