NIT Srinagar unrest: J&K govt forms panel to probe clashes inside campus
Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government today ordered an enquiry by Nazir Ahmad Baba, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar into the clashes inside the NIT campus.
Nazir Ahmad has been asked to submit his report to the state government within 15 days.
“We have instituted an enquiry and within 15 days report will be submitted. Additional magistrate Srinagar district will monitor the enquiry and will submit report within 15 days,” Deputy CM Nirmal Singh, whose schedule visit to the institute was cancelled following security reasons, told media.
Nazir Ahmad will also probe the charges of lathicharge on outstation students, he added.
The two-member HRD panel, who met the protesting students yesterday, will remain inside the institute till semester examinations. The panel is looking into the demands of non-local students. Sources said that students who do not want to appear for exams now will have option to appear for exams later.
Also the CRPF will be deployed inside the campus on a permanent basis to ensure non-local students don’t feel unsecure. The demand to shift them to another NIT, however, will not be accepted, instead proper security cover will be provided.
Meanwhile, Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani is schedule to visit the institute today to take first hand information of the situation. Yesterday, she had assured that the safety of the students at the NIT was her prime concern and that Ministry officials will remain in the varsity campus to ensure that all of their issues are looked into.
"Law and order is a state subject. I have spoken to Mehbooba Mufti, she has assured me that students are safe there and that a division level inquiry has been initiated. Some students are worried about their marks sheets. HRD officials are in the campus and they have spoke to over 500 students," she said.
"(We) will not let any injustice happen to students. Our officials are there to extends all possible help to students, they will stay there the exams are over," she added.
On Tuesday, students of the institute who are from outside Kashmir, clashed with the police at the institute's gate when they were prevented from leaving the campus. The police used batons and several students were injured. The police have alleged that the students attacked cops with stones.
Students said that the exams scheduled from Monday be postponed to allow them to go home. "Let us first go home and then we'll go to any other place you send us," a student said.
Trouble erupted at the NIT after India lost the World T20 semi-final match to West Indies on March 31. Some engineering students from outside the state claimed Kashmiri students had chanted anti-India slogans and burst firecrackers after India lost.