NIT Srinagar students to be provided foolproof security

New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh addresses during a programme organised on 80th birth anniversary of BKU founder Mahendra Singh Tikait in New Delhi, on Oct 6, 2015. (Photo: IANS)

Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu, April 7: Home Minister Rajnath Singh promised foolproof security and safety of students studying at the central institute saying there would be no harm to them, as tension erupted at the NIT Srinagar campus.

He has already spoken to Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on the rising issue at the National Institute of Technology and she has assured that all students will be safe there.

Rajnath told the reporters saying, There will be no problem. I appeal to all students of NIT that they should remain assured that there will be no harm to them.

Singh said Mehbooba has already told him about the situation and said all necessary instructions have been given for the security of students.

“She assured that all students will be safe. She said an inquiry will be conducted to find out how the incident happened and also fix responsibility,” Rajnath said.

The Union home minister said security personnel have been deployed at the engineering institute after the tension there.

Accordingly, two officers have gone there from the HRD Ministry so that they can talk to the students and instill confidence in them and if there is any problem they should take steps, he added.

Singh said HRD Minister Smriti Irani has informed him about the situation at the institute after talking to Mehbooba.

Located on the banks of famous Dal lake, NIT campus saw this outrage last week after India lost to West Indies in semi-final in the World T20 Cup that made some local students to rejoice and burst crackers. This was protested by the Non-Locals resulting in clashes.

Since March 31 night, the situation inside the campus has been worsened and the authorities had posted paramilitary personnel at the main gate of the institute.

On Tuesday evening, the Non-Locals students tried to march out of the campus saying they wanted to return to their homes. A senior police official, who attempted to calm them, was pushed around resulting in a lathi-charge in which four students sustained injuries.

Meanwhile, the BJP on Wednesday condemned the use of force by J&K Police against NIT Srinagar students and demanded action against the guilty personnel.

The party’s strong reaction comes only two days after PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti took oath as Chief Minister.

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