NIT Srinagar row: Outstation students return to their homes

  • Ashiq Hussain, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Apr 10, 2016 10:31 IST
Security forces were deployed at the NIT campus in Srinagar after the unrest at the institute in Srinagar. (PTI Photo)

Outstation students of Srinagar’s National Institute of Technology have started to trickle out of the institute to their homes.

After the unrest at NIT following clashes between students and police, many non-Kashmiri students had expressed their desire to go back to their homes.   

The NIT officials said that as per the directions of the Union HRD ministry, they have made arrangements for students who wanted to go. They said their exams, scheduled to be held from Monday, would be held after their return.

“Six boys were sent to their homes on Friday and two more left on Saturday,” said NIT registrar, Fayaz Ahmad Mir.

After a meeting between students and state ministers that was attended by deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh, education minister Naeem Akhtar and HRD officials, students were given the option of either appearing in the exams from Monday or after their return. Many students opted to go home after the announcement was made.

“We received a list from students that contained hundreds of names. But we told the students to compile the list properly with the details of their parents and addresses,” Mir said.  

The non-Kashmiri students of the institute have been boycotting classes since Monday, after clashes with local students who celebrated the win of West Indies over India in the World T20 semifinal cricket match on March 31.

The issue escalated when the protesting outstation students were baton charged by police on Tuesday.

There have been a slew of demands from the outstation students, many of which have been accepted by the authorities.  

Meanwhile, outstation students again held a protest on Saturday inside the campus.

A local student said that the outstation students were “emboldened to hold more protests” after reports of ‘Chalo NIT' solidarity march from New Delhi trickled in.  

Events at NIT Srinagar has triggered backlash against Kashmiri students outside the state. A group of Kashmiri students were assaulted in Jodhpur’s Vyas Dental College on Thursday evening, prompting separatists including Yasin Malik and Syed Ali Geelani to call for a shut down on Tuesday.

“A small issue at NIT was given so much hype that it has provoked reactions against Kashmiris in various parts of India. We are concerned about the students and businessmen living in other states. It seems that the NIT issue was deliberately escalated to target Kashmiris,” Hurriyat Conference chairman, Syed Ali Geelani said in a statement.

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