SRINAGAR: Kashmiri students’ class work has been badly hit because of the stir by non-Kashmiri students and deployment of CRPF at the National Institute of Technology (NIT).
Non-Kashmiri students have been boycotting the classes and protesting since last Friday following clashes with Kashmiri students who had celebrated India’s defeat against West Indies in T20 semifinals.
However Kashmir students have been attending the classes uninterruptedly. There are 2100 non-Kashmiri and 300 Kashmiri students at the institute.
“Their protests begin in the morning and end in the evening. The slogans chanted by protestors disturb our studies. We can only take one class in the morning without any disruption. But once our second class begins at 11, no student in the class can concentrate because of sloganeering. It even becomes hard for the teachers to deliver the lectures. And by the evening non-Kashmiri students sit outside hostel and keep talking which affects our studies further,” said a Kashmiri student who requested anonymity.
On Friday, non-Kashmiri students had resorted to violence, vandalized property and injured Kashmiri students, a scholar and a courier. The authorities closed down the institute for two days. On Monday when the classes resumed, non-Kashmiri students boycotted the classes.
The situation became messy when the agitating students tried to take a procession on Tuesday evening, following which the police had to use action to bring situation under normal, in which many non-Kashmiri students sustained injuries. Since then, the government has deployed two companies of paramilitary forces in addition of the Jammu and Kashmir police in the institute.
“The institute has become a military garrison these days. It has restricted our movement too and we cannot freely move. Since the forces entered the campus, we can feel the sense of fear pervading in the air. We feel like intimidated,” another Kashmiri student said.