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J&K: After NIT, clashes erupt at Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University

PTI 18 Apr 2016, 20:39:22 IST

New Delhi: Clashes erupted in Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri today as two groups of students clashed, attacking each other with stones and setting on fire four vehicles.

Police rushed to the university and are trying to bring the situation under control.

“There were clashes between two groups of students (locals and those from the Valley) on the university campus over some issue”, DIG Poonch Rajouri range, Johny Williams said.

He said for the past few days, there was some tension between these groups but the university authorities said they will sort out the issue.

However, today there were clashes, minor stone-pelting and four vehicles including 2 to 3 motorcycles were torched, the DIG said.

Police have rushed to the campus and situation is being brought under control, he said, adding further details are awaited.

Tension was simmering in NIT, Srinagar, after India lost the World T20 semi-final to West Indies, where some engineering students from outside the state claimed Kashmiri students had chanted anti-India slogans and burst firecrackers to celebrate West Indies victory of Team India.

The NIT authorities said the campus has been closed and the students have been asked to vacate the hostel. To control the situation, officials closed the institute's entrance and did not allow anyone to enter. The police had to be called in after efforts by the NIT officials to control the situation and disperse the crowd failed. The police baton charged the protestors and fired teargas to bring the situation under control.