After the clashes, Cricket brings Locals and Non-Locals together at NIT Srinagar

Jammu and Kashmir

Srinagar. May 1: After leaving the campus over the clashes that erupted during a cricket match between India and West Indies on March 31, around 70 per cent of the outstation students are back and are playing cricket with the local people.

Mujtahid Ahmad, a local student from Kashmir’s volatile Sopore area pursuing B.Tech. in Information Technology, is watching the Jhelum Premier League, a cricket tournament being organised by the Jhelum Hostel, which houses 300 local and outstation students.

He told the reporters that, the cricket controversy is a thing of the past. All students are back in our hostel. It is like old times. There is no friction

The match between India and West Indies became a tusslee between local and outstation students. Clashes between the students and the police, which left 60 students injured, later followed by a mass exit of outstation students to their hometowns.

Aparna Rai, a student from Banaras, has returned for the minor examination, starting the first week of May. She dismisses having any sense of insecurity or threat.

 With exams starting on May 5, at least 911 students out of the 1,441 who left after the clashes had returned to the campus by Friday evening.
NIT Registrar Fayaz Ahmad Mir told the reporters that they have offered a flexible examination schedule to outstation students and said that the papers will be checked by outsiders to rule out any unfair marking

Akash Priyadharshini, a student who underwent an implant after fracturing his arm during the police action, has been offered travel and accommodation expenses by the NIT.

However, there are many students who complain about non-fulfilment of their demands.

NIT Director Rajat Gupta said a preliminary report on the incident had been submitted and the final report was expected by May 15.

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