NIT Srinagar: Former Irani aide Shilpi Tewari does what Kher couldn’t

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 12, 2016 13:28 IST
Shilpi Tewari, former aide of union education minister Smriti Irani, tweeted pictures of herself at NIT Srinagar where tension prevails over protesting students. Actor Anupam Kher had attempted to do so on April 10, but was stopped at the airport (Twitter)

What actor and activist Anupam Kher can’t, Shilpi Tewari apparently can.

The former aide of union education minister Smriti Irani on Monday tweeted pictures of herself at the National Institute of Technology (NIT) campus in Srinagar where she handed over a letter of support and the national flag to two students — a feat which Kher wanted to achieve but was unable to.

“#ChaloNIT reached with a letter of support & National Flag to #NITSrinagar. The last image is an email from students,” Tewari posted on the micro-blogging site.

Tewari has 85,000 Twitter followers, is an active supporter of the BJP on social media, and is known for trolling the national party’s critics. She came under severe media scrutiny though during the JNU controversy when she was accused of aggressively campaigning on issues of “nationalism”. Tiwari had reportedly circulated false videos of the JNU event that sparked a raging controversy and led to arrests of several student leaders .

Read more | Shilpi Tiwari, Irani’s close aide is the latest to face the JNU heat

Actor Anupam Kher had attempted to meet NIT students in Srinagar on Saturday. He was however, forced to return from the airport itself as Jammu and Kashmir police barred his entry into the city citing security concerns. Kher had announced his arrival on Twitter as soon as he landed in the valley, stating he would gift students the national flag.

Read more | ‘Eternal optimist’: Anupam Kher not demoralised after Srinagar refusal

“I have been told by J&K police that I cannot enter Srinagar city at all. I have asked them to show me the orders. Still at the airport,” he tweeted at the time.

Tewari, on the other hand, managed to get past the police radar. When a follower expressed surprise over this, Tewari replied, “Ofcourse they had no such intention .. We crossed it is another story.”

The institute has been tense since the World Twenty20 semi-final between India and West Indies last month when students clashed over some cheering for West Indies. The clash escalated over the following days, turning into a Kashmiri versus non-local students tussle. Police intervened in matters when protests got out of hand, but were accused of brutality when the lathicharged a group of students.

Read more | ‘We feel suffocated’: 1000 non-Kashmiri NIT students leave campus

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