WITH the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) throwing its weight behind non-local students of NIT-Srinagar and many students leaving for a break, a lull is about to set in at the campus as the protests move to New Delhi.
The students are preparing for a bigger fight at the national level to get their institution moved out of the “troubled’’ Valley, even as many students said they were not in favour of politicisation and only wanted an atmosphere to pursue academics.
Nearly 600 students arrived from Srinagar at Gurdwara Chand Kaur in Jammu Tuesday morning and left for Delhi by buses or trains in the evening. They were received here by Kapil Mishra, a minister in Arvind Kejriwal’s Delhi government.
At the gurdwara, most students said “nothing less than shifting NIT out of the Valley was acceptable”. “We cannot study under the shadow of guns and lathis,’’ Manoj, a sixth-semester student, said.
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The non-local students also sought stern action against NIT administration officials and policemen who lathi-charged students, and withdrawal of FIRs registered against them.
Most students were not prepared to talk, saying they were “scared’’. One student said, “As students, we are only concerned about our safety and studies, not politics.”
Supporting the students, Mishra said: “Our prime concern is the career and security of these students. What were they doing? They were only saying Bharat Mata ki Jai.”
Bandh in Kashmir
Kashmir observed a complete shutdown Tuesday to protest against the alleged harassment of Kashmiri students and attacks on them outside the Valley. The bandh was called by both factions of the Hurriyat Conference and the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front. It was supported by trade bodies in the Valley. MIR EHSAN