RSS backed outfit writes to PM Modi, demands ouster of NIT bosses behind unrest
New Delhi: Asserting that post-JNU controversy the "anti-nationals" have been emboldened, RSS-backed Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan Nyas run by Dinanatha Batra has shot off a letter to the PM Narendra Modi,home minister and HRD minister seeking an immediate ouster of director and registrar, and also action against students who raised anti-India slogans and raised Pakistani flags.
"The action following the clashes in NIT Srinagar is 'intolerable'. Police lathicharged "nationalist" students and they were threatened by some local students and teachers. The students are not being allowed to put across their point before the society and the media," the outfit's secretary Atul Kothari said in the letter to PM Narendra Modi.
SSUN is run by educationist Dinanath Batra, whose civil suit in 2014 led to the pulping of American scholar Wendy Doniger’s book on Hinduism. He is a member of the RSS. However, the letter dated April 7 has been written by Atul Kothari, SSUN’s secretary.
He said "it seems that following the incident at JNU, the anti-nationals have been emboldened. If this kind of activities is not curbed immediately, the anti-national elements in the country will feel encouraged while the nationalists will be demotivated," the letter added.
Kothari has urged the Prime Minister to institute an inquiry by an appropriate agency to look into four issues relating to NIT Srinagar: "who called the police on campus, who gave the permission for lathi-charge on students, why are nationalist students are being held captive and why media is not allowed in campus".
"We also demand that NIT Srinagar Registrar be suspended, action is taken against the people responsible for the situation as well as those who are shouting anti-India slogans and unfurling Pakistan flag," the letter said.
Tension gripped the NIT campus last week after India lost to West Indies in semi-final in the T-20 cricket tournament prompting some local students to rejoice and burst crackers. This led to protest by outstation students resulting in clashes.
Since March 31 night, the situation inside the campus has been volatile and the authorities had posted personnel from Seema Suraksha Bal (SSB). The local police was manning the main gate of the institute.
The developments prompted the NIT authorities to close the campus on Saturday but it was reopened on Monday. The outstation students also tried to march out of the campus saying they wanted to return to their homes.