Unrest at NIT Srinagar: Outstation students demand 24x7 security cover on campus

Local students dismiss it, saying the presence of security forces could make the campus vulnerable to outside disturbances

Srinagar: Local students at National Institute of Technology (NIT) have opposed most of the demands put forth by the outstation students, including that for permanent presence of central security forces (CSF) , saying it will make the campus vulnerable to disturbance.

Students of Jammu University shout slogans during a protest rally against the police action on non-Kashmiri students. Pic/PTI
Students of Jammu University shout slogans during a protest rally against the police action on non-Kashmiri students. Pic/PTI

In a memorandum to the team of Union HRD Ministry, the local students said the demand for permanent presence of central security forces at the institute could make it vulnerable to disturbances owing to political events outside the campus.

“We are all aware of the volatile nature of Kashmir region. Presence of central security or armed security forces of any type will only make the campus (and subsequently, its students) vulnerable to disturbance owing to political events outside college,” the memorandum reads.

“Let’s make this very clear. They are demanding the presence of armed security on the grounds of an educational institute. This is not acceptable here, or anywhere in the world. In the past, security forces used to reside in the hostel. This set a tone of hostility and fear amongst every student and parent,” a local student said.

Cops hit back
Mubassir Latifi, a SSP posted with the elite crime branch and Firoz Yehya, Deputy SP at Baramulla Headquarters — took to social media on Thursday to vent their anguish over the criticism against the state police for the action against the students in the wake of the unrest at the NIT.

“J and K Police doesn’t need any certificate of nationalism or impartiality from those whose valour doesn’t extend beyond their keypads,” Latifi posted on his Facebook account.

While Yehya wrote, “Many of my colleagues have been asking and many more must be thinking ‘whose war are we fighting?’ All I can tell them is that, this is just another phase and will pass.

Further, JK Police doesn’t need any certificate...”

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