Taking note of the police lathicharge on students inside the NIT Campus in Srinagar, the Jammu-Kashmir government on Wednesday said that action will be taken against those found guilty.
“We have seen the video clips and from these there appears to be an issue of police excesses,” said state’s Education Minister Naeem Akhtar, who happens to be the Chief spokesperson of ruling PDP.
“I have spoken to the DGP and action will be taken against who so ever is found violating the norms,” Akhtar said.
He said that a team from Union Ministry for Human Resource Development has reached Srinagar to take stock of the situation after Deputy Chief Minister DR Nirmal Singh spoke to the HRD minister Smriti Irani.
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“It is neither a security-related issues nor local vs non-local issue,” he said. “This institute of excellence has been there for the last 60 years, first as an REC (regional engineering college) and then as National Institute of Technology. Students from outside the Valley used to study there earlier also and none of them were targeted even during peak militancy.”
Akhthar assured parents regarding the students safety saying “local or outsiders, they are our own children.” He also assured the director of the institute of full support on academic and other fronts.
“The students had issues relating to the shortage of faculty members, besides internal and external assessment. The NIT being a national institute of excellence does not come under the purview of the state,” he said.
Earlier during the day, protests broke out in different parts of Jammu city over police action against non-local NIT students in the Valley. While police arrested Youth Congress workers who tried to storm into the official residence of Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh, students on the Jammu University campus boycotted their classes with ABVP activists holding demonstration.
The parents of students studying in NIT Srinagar held a demonstration outside Jammu Press Club demanding deployment of Central police forces at the campus to ensure security of their wards. They demanded posting of teaching faculty members from outside Valley so as to avoid chances of any vendetta against students during their internal and external assessment there.
The state BJP and Panthers Party also took serious note of the violent incidents at NIT and demanded action against those found guilty.