Unrest at NIT Srinagar: Cops release video of outstation students pelting stones at them

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Video also shows students vandalising campus property; two FIRs registered

Srinagar: Police has registered two separate FIRs regarding the incidents of the violence that took place on NIT Srinagar campus last Friday and Tuesday. Police also released video clippings showing non-local students attacking the cops with stones and damaging property at the campus.

Students from Jammu University protest over the NIT Srinagar issue during the Jammu bandh yesterday
Students from Jammu University protest over the NIT Srinagar issue during the Jammu bandh yesterday

The first FIR was registered against unknown persons for the clashes between outstation and local students on April 1, a day after India lost to West Indies in the semi-final of the World T20 Cup. The police has invoked sections 148 (rioting), 149 (unlawful assembly), 427 (mischief), 336 (endangering life of others) and 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) of the Ranbir Penal Code (RPC) for the clashes between local and outstation students that took place on Friday, a police official said.

Police and CRPF deployed at NIT Srinagar. Pics/PTI
Police and CRPF deployed at NIT Srinagar. Pics/PTI

In the second FIR, registered on April 5, the police, besides slapping the charges of the previous FIR, has added sections 353 (assault on public servant) and 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant).

While no one has been named in the two FIRs yet, the official said police is investigating the video evidence of the violence that took place on the days of incidents.

Bandh in Jammu
Life in Jammu region was thrown out of gear yesterday following a ‘bandh’ being observed to protest over alleged police high-handedness on outstation students at NIT in Srinagar.

The region faced a shut down called by various groups, including Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) to protest against the cane-charge on outstation students by the police on April 5.

The Jammu Province People’s Forum (JPPF), Sri Ram Sene and various student organisations had extended their support to one-day Jammu bandh call.

The Bar Association of Jammu (BAJ) also decided to suspend work in all the courts across the region.

'Students can appear for exams later'
New Delhi: Officials from the HRD ministry yesterday confirmed that the affected students of the NIT Srinagar would be given an option to appear for their exams later. The decision comes a day after a three-member team of Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry visited the campus to take stock of situation and held talks with the agitating students to defuse the tension. The exams are scheduled to start next week. “There are students who want to appear later but a majority of them want to do it as per schedule. So an option will be given to them. For those who want to appear later, re-exams will be sched-uled,” said one of the officials.

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