According to latest reports, two columns of CRPF jawans have been deployed in the campus

NIT Srinagar JK Deputy CM confirms cops beat students says action will be taken
news NIT Srinagar Wednesday, April 06, 2016 - 11:36

After being shut down for almost a week, the regular academic session was resumed on Wednesday for the third day at NIT, Srinagar, amidst tensions.  

According to latest reports, two columns of CRPF jawans have been deployed in the campus to maintain law and order.

Meanwhile, J&K Deputy CM Nirmal Singh on Wednesday told CNN-IBN, "We accept that the police used force, and we will take action against cops who lathi-charged students."

A two-member fact-finding team of the MHRD is set to visit the NIT Srinagar campus later on Wednesday.

This comes after the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh held a telephonic discussion with J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday.

On Tuesday clashes took place between the police and some students who wanted to venture out of the campus, reportedly fearing lack of security.

“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.

"We had sat on dharna and were demanding a meeting with HRD officials. We held a meeting with NIT administration and they agreed to the demand. We were allowed freely to move out the gate," one of the students told IE, on condition of the anonymity.

"When we were going out of the campus as per past practice, police did not allow us and resorted to cane-charge resulting in injuries to several students," he added.

However, in the same report students alleged that the police used violent measures to curb protests, and beat up students.

The IE reported that a majority of more than 1200 outstation students had boycotted the classes since Monday protesting against the alleged police violence against them using the social media.

The crisis started almost a week ago when two groups of students, one from Kashmir and one from other states, fought after local students burst crackers following India's loss in the match on March 31 against West Indies in the recently concluded WorldT20, leading to the shutdown of the institute.

 

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