‘Somebody ran away with tricolour’

‘Somebody ran away with tricolour’

Srinagar: Tejinder Pal Singh Bagga, a rightwing activist known for attacks on pro-freedom activists, appeared at the main gate of the NIT on Monday, a day after the police claimed that he and 150 of his associates had been stopped from entering into the state.
Bagga had announced that he would hand over tricolor to the non-Kashmiri students of the NIT, who have been demanding, among other things, that Indian flag should be hoisted on the main gate of the campus.
However, before Bagga could enter the campus, a Kashmiri youth snatched the tricolor from him and ran away along with two other persons. Bagga and two other men then shouted pro-India slogans near the campus while the police and CRPF watched on.
The sloganeering angered a few local people who told Bagga not to fuel fire. They told him that safety of non-Kashmiri students was the responsibility of the local population and they won’t be harmed.
The police and CRPF troopers, rather than detaining Bagga, actually shielded him from the anger of the local people. When a Kashmiri youth asked Bagga to leave, else he would be thrashed, the police then bundled the activist and his companions into a vehicle.
Bagga was leading a group of about 150 ‘students’ from various parts of India, who were planning handing over the tricolor to non-Kashmiri NIT students. Also, students from 12 states led by BJP national secretary RP Singh and carrying the Indian flag, had started ‘Chalo NIT’ march. They too had plans to hoist the tricolor at the NIT but were stopped by the police in Jammu.

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