A cricket match has the campus of the National Institute of Technology (NIT) in Srinagar boiling for the past few days after outstation students protested celebrations in the area following India's loss to West Indies in the T20 World Cup. The Human Resource and Development (HRD) Ministry has sent a two-member team to NIT to calm frayed nerves even as outstation students demanded that the tricolour be hoisted at the campus.
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The students alleged that police beat them up while they were holding protests at the campus and did not allow them to move out.
"We had sat on dharna and were demanding meeting with HRD officials. We held meeting with NIT administration and they agreed to the demand. When we were going out of the campus as per the past practice, police did not allow us and resorted to cane-charge resulting in injuries to several students," a student told PTI on condition of the anonymity.
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CRPF was deployed on Tuesday night at the campus and Jammu & Kashmir government assured full security to the students from other states studying there. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also called up Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and discussed with her the situation at NIT.
“We tried to stop them from moving out of the campus for their own safety…When they didn’t relent, we cane-charged the students to disperse them,” Sub Divisional Police Officer (SDPO), Hazratbal, Sajad Bukhari told The Indian Express.
Now, according to IE, the protesting students have demanded the hoisting of the Indian flag near the campus' main gate, and action against 'anti-national' faculty members. Some students are also demanding a transfer to other colleges.
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The outstation students have also been posting photographs of Tuesday’s police action on social networking sites seeking help from Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani.
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