Jammu Police foils ‘NIT Chalo’ march, protesters sent back

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JAMMU: Over 100 youth from different parts of the country led by Tejinder Pal Singh Bagga of the Bhagat Singh Kranti Dal returned to Delhi from Lakhanpur. The Chalo NIT march, called Tiranga Yatra, to Srinagar was abandoned half way after they were not allowed to enter Jammu and Kashmir.

According to reports, the students were on their way to Srinagar to unfurl the Tricolour at NIT in a move to express solidarity with non-Kashmiri students. These youth, comprising students of IT, engineering and architecture, had begun their journey under the banner of newly formed Group of Citizens from Delhi’s Gurdwara Rakabgunj on Saturday.

The youth were stopped at Lakhanpur, the gateway to Jammu and Kashmir around midnight soon after they entered the state from Madhopur in neighbouring Punjab in a bus and one Tata Sumo.

The youths who came from Delhi, Punjab and Harayana were first stopped at Madhopur in Punjab, but were later allowed to proceed to Jammu and Kashmir after questioning by Punjab Police. As they crossed the bridge over river Ravi, they started raising slogans like Bharat Mata Ki Jai and were stopped by the Jammu Police.

“We were going to Srinagar to tell non-local students at Srinagar NIT that they are not alone in their fight against anti-nationals,” Bagga said.

 

No coercion on ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai: Soni

Srinagar: Congress party General Secretary Ambika Soni who is in Kashmir Monday said that nobody can be forced to chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’. She said that people can chant or say anything whatever they like and they can’t be dictated or directed what to utter and what not to say.

Talking to reporters in Srinagar, Ambika Soni alleged that a political party (BJP) tried to exploit the situation in NIT. “Why outsiders (BJP) are trying to enter into Kashmir to disturb peace here. What they want to prove. It is their government and still they are trying to reap benefits from the fragile situation here,” she said adding that NIT row is related to Jammu and Kashmir and it is the responsibility of the state government to take care of it.

Responding to a question, Ambika Soni said that Congress party wants to know what happened at NIT Srinagar and how it took the ugly turn. “Who incited the violence and who are the elements responsible for the mess? We want to know whether any political party is playing politics. Only Judicial probe can help us to know about the reality and facts. So Congress party demands judicial probe should be ordered to ascertain the facts,” she said.

She condemned the attacks on Kashmiri students outside Jammu and Kashmir and said that every student has a right to get education in any part of the country.

 

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