SRINAGAR: Non-Kashmiri students at the National Institute of Technology (NIT) have been protesting for the past nine days, demanding among other things a safe passage to their homes in different parts of India. However, when college authorities asked them to register so that their travel home would be facilitated, less than 5% of the students turned up.
On Friday morning, NIT had asked those non-Kashmiri students to register their names who didn’t want to appear in the examinations beginning from Monday. They had been asked to furnish details so that their travel to their homes could be facilitated.
NIT registrar Professor FA Mir told Kashmir Reader that since Friday morning his office could felicitate travel of only 70 non-Kashmiri students. Most of these students had been injured in police action.
About 1500 of the 2100 non-Kashmiri students have been participating in the protests, which started after Kashmiri students celebrated India’s loss to West Indies in T20 World Cup semi-final on March 31. Next day, non-Kashmiri students went on rampage, vandalised campus properties and beat up a few Kashmiri students, a courier and a faculty member.
Mir said nothing about the fate of the students who will not write their examination.
There were no protests on, with students either busy studying or playing cricket. Protests started to subside on Friday when examination notification was issued.
A non-Kashmiri student, requesting anonymity, said protests could not be held because of restrictions imposed by CRPF troopers who have been deployed at the campus after the clashes. However, Mir said there were no restrictions.