SRINAGAR: Non-Kashmiri students of the National Institute of Technology clashed with police at the campus after boycotting classes, demanding permanent security cover and 50% reservation in administrative jobs for non-Kashmiris among other things.
Police fired teargas canisters and resorted to baton charge when the students attempted to march towards the NIT main gate, where reporters of Indian news channels had amassed.
The college authorities have not allowed media inside the campus after clashes between non-Kashmiri and Kashmiri students that erupted after on Friday, a day after India’s defeat in a cricket match.
Following the clashes, the administration had closed the institute for two days. On Monday, when classes resumed, non-Kashmiri students boycotted and later tried to march towards the gate.
The students are now demanding permanent security at the campus, 50% reservation in administration for non-Kashmiris, construction of a temple inside the campus, no bar on celebrations during some festivals and shifting the campus to some secure place.
NIT director Rajat Gupta did not respond to repeated calls of the newspaper.