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

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

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.


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