Action Shifts to NIT Srinagar After JNU Campus Row
Police lathicharge on outstation students prompts CRPF deployment; Rajnath calls up Mehbooba; HRD team on campus
try also sought a detailed incident report from the state and asked the administration to identify troublemakers. The Centre has advised the state police to tread cautiously while naming students in criminal cases as it may hamper their career.
“I spoke to the secretary in the HRD ministryyesterday(Tuesday)andItold himtosendtwodirector-levelofficersto NITSrinagarsothattheycantalktothe students and instil confidence in them andif thereisanyproblemtheyshould takenecessarysteps. Accordingly, two officers have gone there,” Singh said. The HRD fact-finding team will stay in the campus to prepare a detailed report about the incident.
According to the state police version, some non-local students wanted to leave the campus as they felt unsafe NAEMAKHTAR but police personnel at the NIT tried to reassure them. Even as the head of the security deployed was speaking to them, a few students allegedly resorted to sloganeering and pushed him around, an officer claimed. This prompted other police personnel to lathicharge to ‘disperse’ the students.
However, outstation students alleged that they were holding a dharna when they were lathicharged by the police with ‘brute force’ and not allowed to move out of the campus gate. “We had sat on dharna and demanded a meeting with HRD officials. We were given permission to leave the campus but the police did not allow us to leave and resorted to lathicharge, injuring several students,” one of the students told PTI. The state government has assured students of security and ordered an inquiry into the incident. Meanwhile, separatist Syed Ali Geelani, who arrived in Srinagar on Wednesday, advised local students to maintain calm and treat outstation students as guests and ensure that they were not harmed.