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Kashmir University not to allow film shoots on campus

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Srinagar, November 25, 2013
First Published: 19:19 IST(25/11/2013) | Last Updated: 19:28 IST(25/11/2013)

The University of Kashmir has decided not to allow shooting of Bollywood films on its campus. The decision came after students staged a protest on Sunday, forcing filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj to call off the shoot for his film 'Haidar'.

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These protests have been going on for the past two days.

On Monday, pro-freedom and anti-varsity slogans echoed in the university, with hundreds of students marching on the campus against Sunday's arrest of two students who had objected to the hoisting of the national flag during the shooting. They were demanding their security and an end to 'political activities' on the campus.

"From now onwards, we will not give permission to Bollywood or any other agency to shoot on the campus," said Naseer Iqbal, chief proctor, while addressing the protesting students.

Students condemned the university administration for "spoiling the academic atmosphere" of the university. "This is primarily an educational institute. The authorities should not allow Bollywood and other agencies to come and shoot here, as it affects the academic environment of the university."

On Sunday, two students from the departments of law and MBA were taken by police and kept at Nigeen police station, but released after the intervention of university authorities.

"How can police or any external agency be allowed to detain our students on the campus?" said Fida Mohammad, a student.

The protesters, however, dispersed peacefully after assurances from the authorities that they would be given "full security".

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