The government informed Parliament on Wednesday that National Institute of Technology (NIT), Srinagar facilitated the return of 1,450 non-Kashmiri students to their home towns in the wake of the unrest on the campus.
“NIT authorities facilitated the travel of 1,450 non-local students who wanted to leave the campus for their native places,” minister of state for home, Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary, said in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.
There are 2,500 students in NIT.
Clashes at NIT Srinagar broke out on April 1 between outstation and local students following India’s defeat to West Indies in the T-20 cricket World Cup semi-final on March 31.
“With intervention of local police and civil authorities, normalcy was restored. However, on April 5, some non-local students marched towards the exit gate and were stopped from going out of the campus by police personnel. This resulted in a scuffle and police resorted to lathicharge and fired tear gas shells in which 6-7 students were injured,” he said.
Chaudhary said the state government has ordered a magisterial enquiry and the NIT has also constituted a fact finding committee to look into the matter.
The minister said the Jammu and Kashmir government has established a 24X7 helpline at the Nageen police station in Srinagar to address students’ security concerns.
“Adequate security has been provided to the campus,” he said.