Expressing a sense of insecurity, especially after the call of strike given by separatists, the already ‘dreaded’ non-local students of NIT Srinagar today left Srinagar, citing reasons of threat to their lives.
Talking to Newspoint over phone, over dozen students, including females, hailing from Jammu and Punjab maintained that since morning the students are leaving the campus in view of the strike call given by separatists.
“There is a sense of insecurity on the campus, as the students have fear that locals in support of administration and police will take over them and harm them for unfurling national flag, which is otherwise dejected in the Valley,” said NIT students, wishing anonymity, adding that the call given by separatists has triggered a sense of threat among them and they feel insecure on the campus.
“The students are leaving, taking whatever means of transportation they have at their disposable. We are more than 12 students including seven girls and have left the campus after proper approval letter from the department. We have booked Tavera vehicle at 6:00 PM only to evade any mis-happening,” said a student from Jammu. She added that the students are not feeling secure, despite the assurances from the government.
“Although, the CRPF and police is deployed around and inside the campus, but a fear psychosis among the students is ever high, as they are afraid that some locals may exploit call of strike and may enter their hostels in the shape of mob to harm them,” she said and added at present their prime concern is to cross Banihal and reach Jammu.
Expressing concern over the development, spokesperson-Verinder Gupta said that this is unfortunate and he will talk to concerned authorities in this regard.
“I am not informed about this development, even if this is happening, it is unfortunate. The students should not fear, as the government as well as administration is with them,” Gupta said and added that he will talk to administration as well as Deputy Chief Minister over the issue. Meanwhile, a senior BJP leader, wishing anonymity, lambasted the party leadership for not doing anything in this regard.
“We are bound to not to speak anything, but I am very much hurt with the actions of the BJP high command, which is doing nothing and watching every development as a mute spectator,” he said. Pertinently, some students of NIT Srinagar hailing from other states had earlier attempted to leave the campus but their bid to do so resulted in a confrontation during which police resorted to lathicharge.
The campus had witnessed clashes between local and non-local students over India’s defeat in the semi-final match in the World T20 tournament. After the clashes, the NIT authorities had shut down the institute which was later reopened.