HRD Ministry sends team to Srinagar NIT following scuffle in campus, Kejriwal condemns police action

New Delhi: The HRD Ministry is sending a two-member team to NIT Srinagar campus today which has been gripped by tension following clashes among students over the Indian cricket team's loss against West Indies in the T20 World Cup last week.

"The Ministry has decided to send a two-member team comprising a Director and a Deputy Secretary rank officer, who will listen to the students there," a senior official said.

CRPF has been deployed at NIT Srinagar. IBNLive

CRPF has been deployed at NIT Srinagar. IBNLive

Unrest was witnessed again yesterday at the campus, the scene of last week's clash, with outstation students expressing a sense of insecurity and attempting to leave the campus, leading to a confrontation with police which resorted to lathi-charge in which some were injured.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday condemned the police action against students. Alleging that students are being "targeted" across the country, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said when countries across the world are building their future in colleges, "we are probably the only country" where students are being lathicharged on "daily basis".

AAP has questioned the PDP-BJP coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir saying it betrays "duplicity" on the part of the saffron party.

"From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, students are being targeted in such a way that it seems they lie at the root of all the problems being faced the country," Sisodia, who holds the education portfolio in Delhi, tweeted.

With the situation being tense, CRPF was last night deployed at campus and Jammu and Kashmir government assured full security to the students from other states studying here. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also called up Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and discussed with her the situation at NIT.

On Friday last, the campus had witnessed clashes between local and outstation 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 yesterday.

"We take responsibility all the students of the country studying in NIT. We have put in place all the measures," the Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh had said yesterday. Administration has held meeting with the NIT students to resolve the issue, Singh said, adding SSP Srinagar is camping in the area to ensure peace.

He said the outstation students are demanding security and postponement of exams.

"Director of NIT has said that the demands have been accepted," he said.

Updated Date: Apr 06, 2016 11:54 AM

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