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NIT parents appeal to PM to intervene

In Jammu, parents demonstrated for the second day on Friday to press for their demands, which include shifting the NIT outside the Kashmir Valley.

india Updated: Apr 08, 2016 16:01 IST
Parents of NIT (National Institute of Technology) Srinagar students appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to personally intervene and save the lives and careers of the students.
Parents of NIT (National Institute of Technology) Srinagar students appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to personally intervene and save the lives and careers of the students. (PTI Photo)

Parents of NIT (National Institute of Technology) Srinagar students appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to personally intervene and save the lives and careers of the students. They alleged that the injured students were facing problems getting medical treatment.

In Jammu, parents demonstrated for the second day on Friday to press for their demands, which include shifting the NIT outside the Kashmir Valley.

“My son was severely beaten by the state police. He was being taken in an ambulance to a nearby hospital. The locals attacked the ambulance with stones. If the injured can’t be hospitalised then how can they feel safe and secure in the campus,” asked one of the parents who does not wish to be named, fearing for the life of his ward.

“All parents feel that the matter can be resolved only by the intervention of the Prime Minister. All of them are worried about the careers and lives of their wards. We sincerely hope for his intervention,” said RK Dabgotra, whose son is studying at NIT Srinagar.

The crisis that unfolded at the National Institute of Technology in Srinagar after the West Indies defeated India in the T20 World Cup semi-final has not only refused to die down, but has also snowballed into a major challenge for the government. Two groups of students, one from Kashmir and one from other states, fought after local students burst crackers following India’s lost in the match, leading the close down of the institute.

Parents alleged that videos on social-media that showed non-local students vandalising property and clashing with state police are doctored. They demanded that the FIRs against the students should be dropped.

“The police and [NIT] administration have posted doctored videos on to social media. It’s an attempt to jeopardise the careers of our wards. Not only action should be taken against people responsible for this act but FIRs against students should also be dropped immediately,” said a parent.

Not all parents are casting aspersions on the local students or faculty.

“Our wards still have cordial relations with the local Kashmiri students. They had gone there for studies and not war. The atmosphere shouldn’t be vitiated anymore. Students also don’t want to cast aspersions on the integrity of local faculty,” said Parshotam Gupta, resident of Jammu,

However, Parshotam Gupta also alleged that the videos on social media, showing students vandalising property, were doctored and that the FIRs registered on the basis of those videos should be withdrawn immediately.

The police registered 20 FIRs on charges of vandalism, damaging public property, and obstructing a public servant from discharging duties.

Parents said they were also miffed at the perceived lack of concern from senior government ministers at the state and the centre.

“It is the first year of my daughter. She is terrified as it’s like a house arrest for them. They can’t move out. The tension has still not subsided. HRD Minister Smriti Irani has not visited them, nor has the deputy CM. The PM should make a personal intervention. More importantly, the exams scheduled for April 11 should be postponed,” demanded Vinod Sharma, a parent and resident of Jammu.