Srinagar: Taking no chances this time, authorities here at National Institute of Technology (NIT) ordered closure of all shops inside the campus when India and Pakistan were preparing to face off in a cricket match at Dubai on Wednesday.
Officials at NIT told Kashmir Reader that the decision was taken as a precautionary measure to avoid any untoward incident.
In April 2016, a massive controversy erupted at the campus situated in Hazratbal area after Kashmiri students celebrated India’s loss against West Indies in the 2016 T-20 World Cup semi-final and burst firecrackers. The celebrations upset the non-local students and a clash soon broke out between two groups of students, in which some students were injured.
The non-local students also reportedly beat up a Kashmiri scholar and a delivery boy for not chanting ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, though these allegations have been repeatedly denied by the non-local students.
However, sources at the NIT said that the problem had started earlier, when Pakistan failed to make it to the final stages of the competition. According to them, other students taunted the Kashmiris on Pakistan’s loss.
Keeping in view the tensions around today’s India-Pakistan cricket match, the NIT authorities ordered all shopkeepers within the campus to close their shops from 4pm onwards.
The order was notified by the Executive Engineer P&D wing of NIT.
Officials said that as both the local and non-local students would watch the India-Pak match at shops inside the campus, it could lead to trouble.