Following the unrest at the national Institute of technology, Srinagar, around 150 students from different parts of the country led by BJP national secretary R P Singh on Saturday embarked on their journey from Delhi to Srinagar to show solidarity with the outstation students studying in Valley premiere engineering college.

Holding the national flag, the students from 12 states assembled in Delhi for ‘Chalo NIT’ march began their journey to Srinagar on bikes and cars.

Earlier on Friday evening, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti described the student unrest at the National Institute of Technology (NIT) a “non-issue”, being highlighted by certain people as a communal incident”.

“It is a non-issue and I have conveyed same to the Union Human Resource Minister Smriti Irani during the telephonic conversation,” CM Mehbooba said during an interview with regional television.

Appreciating the statement made by senior Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who had appealed locals to protect non-local students and calm in NIT’ Mehbooba said “a handful of non-local students were keen to migrate to other colleges outside the state”.

Meanwhile security has been tightened around the NIT campus following the failure of talks between state Government and the protesting non-local students.