Srinagar: Expressing a sense of insecurity, some students of NIT Srinagar hailing from other states on Tuesday attempted to leave the campus that witnessed a clash last week but their bid to do so led to a confrontation during which police resorted to lathicharge.
A group of non-local students wanted to leave the NIT premises and return to their home states, saying, they were ‘not feeling safe’ inside the campus, a police official said.
The police official said security personnel on duty at the NIT tried to reassure the students that they were safe inside the campus but they were not pacified.
As the head of the security deployment was speaking to them, a few of the students allegedly resorted to sloganeering and even pushed him around, the official said.
He said the other police personnel then resorted to ‘lathicharge’ to disperse the students who were ‘getting violent’.
The situation, however, was brought under control shortly, the official said.
In Delhi, HRD ministry officials said they were in touch with the management of the institute and the Director of the NIT has spoken to the students so that normalcy prevails.
On Friday last, the campus had witnessed clashes between local and non-local students over India’s defeat in the semi-final match in the World T20 tournament.
After the clashes, the NIT authorities had shut down the institute which was reopened on Monday.
Rajnath speaks to Mehbooba
IANS reports that Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday spoke to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and hoped that the state government will take "immediate action" in the matter.
"Spoke to J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti ji regarding situation in NIT, Srinagar. She has assured me to look into the issue and take immediate action," Rajnath Singh tweeted.
Mehbooba Mufti took over as chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday.
On 3 April, Rajnath Singh had spoken to Governor N.N. Vohra and instructed the state government to ensure safety of students at the NIT where clashes erupted between two groups after the India-West Indies World T20 cricket match.
"Spoke to Governor Jammu and Kashmir and DGP (director general of police) regarding the situation in NIT Srinagar. I assure the students that they should not worry about their security," Rajnath Singh said in a series of tweets.
"I have instructed the DGP Jammu and Kashmir to send a team of officers to NIT Srinagar to assure the students of their safety and security," he said.