NIT Srinagar clashes: J-K govt orders enquiry into police lathi-charge

  • Agencies, Srinagar
  • Updated: Apr 07, 2016 15:36 IST
Security guards at the entrance of National Institute of Technology (NIT) Srinagar on Thursday. Classes had to be suspended after several students sustained injuries. (AP)

The newly-formed Jammu and Kashmir government instituted an enquiry on Thursday into the clashes and the police baton-charge on the students of National Institute of Technology (NIT), Srinagar.

The clashes took place in the NIT Srinagar campus last week when West Indies defeated India in the World T20 Cup match. Some engineering students from outside the state claimed Kashmiri students had chanted anti-India slogans and burst firecrackers after India’s defeat.

“We have instituted an inquiry to go into the incidents at the NIT,” deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh told reporters in Srinagar.

He said additional district magistrate of Srinagar will conduct the inquiry and submit his report within 15 days.

“We will resolve this issue at the earliest,” Singh said.

The BJP leader‘s scheduled visit to the campus was cancelled on Thursday due to the prevailing security situation. Asked about his comment that students were subjected to ‘mild lathicharge’, Singh said his statement at that time was based on information he had received.

University students holding national flag during a protest against ongoing unrest at the National Institute of Technology (NIT) of Srinagar on Thursday. (Nitin Katora/HT Photo)

“When the incident took place, I got to know from a local level report that it was a mild- baton-charge. But later on I got to know that the police exceeded its duty and an unnecessary action was taken by them. That’s why we have instituted an enquiry which would submit its report within 15 days,” Singh said.

He said the state government will ensure the personal as well as academic security of the students at the NIT.

Union human resource development (HRD) minister Smriti Irani had on Wednesday said that her ministry officials are in the varsity campus to ensure that all of their issues are looked into while asserting that safety of students was her prime concern.

A fact-finding team of the HRD Ministry visited the institute’s campus yesterday for an on the spot assessment of the situation.

The two-member team comprising a director-level and a deputy secretary-level officer also spoke to the students to get their version of the events.

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