VEHICULAR TRAFFIC on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway remained disrupted for nearly four hours on Saturday as college students blocked the road at Jakheni near Udhampur in protest against alleged intimidation of non-Kashmiri students at NIT-Srinagar.
The students of Government College for Women, Jammu, and Government Degree College, Udhampur, boycotted their classes, took out a procession, and proceeded to the highway at Jakheni and blocked the road.
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The students finally lifted the blockade at about 3.45 pm, but threatened to block the road again on Monday if the state government did not initiate action against “anti-national elements” in NIT-Srinagar and the police personnel responsible for the lathicharge. They also demanded that the national flag should be unfurled at NIT-Srinagar.
Meanwhile, Kashmiri students studying in Jammu have started returning to the Valley. The college management, however, said those who had left the campus had just finished their exams.
Meanwhile, the Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry blamed “provocative action by anti-national students” for the NIT row.