Around 2,000 outstation students of NIT Srinagar moved out of the campus on Tuesday,as they boycott the exams, following a turmoil that sparked off after some non-locals had objected to celebrations by local students over India’s loss in World T20 semis.
According to reports, these students have pledged not to return until action is taken against staff members, who threatened to spoil their careers.
However, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said on Wednesday that these students have been living there for years and will come back soon.
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The ministry of human resource development (MHRD) had given these students the option of appearing in the second exams at later dates.
There are over 2,700 students enrolled in different courses at NIT, of whom 30 percent are Kashmiris.
Over 300 NIT students carrying banners and placards marched towards the Press Club of Jammu, amid chanting of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ .
They reached the Jammu on Tuesday night and housed at Khalsa College ground.
They demanded shifting of NIT college from Srinagar and withdrawal of all cases against non-Kashmiri students of NIT and providing full security to them.
The protesters shouted slogans ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ and ‘NIT shift Karo’ and took out a rally.
“We were kept hostage in NIT by the authorities and police and not allowed to move out…somehow managed to escape from the NIT and reached here”, a protesting student said.
Students of Jammu University also held protests in support of the NIT students and blocked the road here.
Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) also held a protest demonstration in support of the NIT student.
In Katra too, students marched in the town in support of the NIT students demanding the withdrawal of cases and security to the students and punishment to cops for cane-charge.