‘Outstation NIT students don’t trust J&K police’

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NEW DELHI: Police lathicharge on students at National Institute of Technology, Srinagar, last month reverberated in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, with the Congress taking up cudgels for the latter and demanding action against the police personnel responsible for it.
Congress chief whip Jyotiraditya Scindia denounced the “brutal lathicharge” on students and said they don’t trust the Jammu and Kashmir police. This came on a day when Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi met NIT students and assured them that his party would raise their concerns with the government.
The party has also decided to send a delegation to HRD minister Smriti Irani soon.
Speaking in the Lok Sabha, Scindia said suggestions that it was “mild lathicharge” were akin to rubbing salt on the wounds, as one student had to undergo surgery after the beating.
“Students do not trust the J-K police. Insecurity continues to prevail on campus, but those giving lectures on nationalism are quiet,” the MP said.
BJP MP RK Singh said it was wrong to give a bad name to the J-K police. All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Asaduddin Owaisi also struck a discordant note, saying that 3,000 personnel of Jammu and Kashmir police have laid down their lives serving the nation.
Minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju clarified that the Union government had not made a unilateral decision to deploy three companies of the CRPF and that this had been done at the request of the NIT authorities. The outside periphery would continue to be guarded by the J-K police, he added.

1,450 non-Kashmiri students sent back from NIT Srinagar: Govt
NEW DELHI: The Government today informed Parliament that NIT Srinagar authorities facilitated the return of 1,450 non-Kashmiri students to their native places in the wake of the unrest on the campus. 
“NIT authorities facilitated the travel of 1,450 non-local students who wanted to leave the campus for their native places,” Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary said in a written reply in Rajya Sabha. 
The NIT has the total student strength of over 2500. 
He said the incident pertains to the case, when at the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Srinagar, clashes broke out on April 1 between outstation and local students following India’s defeat to West Indies in the T-20 cricket World Cup semi-final on March 31. 
“With intervention of local police and civil authorities normalcy was restored. However, on April 5 some non-local students marched towards the exit gate and were stopped from going out of the campus by police personnel resulting in a scuffle and police resorted to lathicharge and fired few tear gas shells in which 6-7 students were injured,” he said. 
Chaudhary said the state government has ordered a magisterial enquiry and the NIT has also constituted a fact finding committee to look into the matter. 
The Minister added that the Jammu and Kashmir government has established a 24X7 helpline at police station Nageen, Srinagar to address security concerns of the students. 
“Adequate security has been provided to the campus,” he said.

 

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