NIT Srinagar closed after student groups spar over India T20 defeat

The National Institute of Technology (NIT) Hazratbal was Friday closed until further orders after two groups clashed over Indian cricket team’s defeat at the hands of West Indies last night.
NIT Srinagar closed after student groups spar over India T20 defeat
A student alleged that some non-local students tried to misbehave with teaching staff. “This trigger

The National Institute of Technology (NIT) Hazratbal was Friday closed until further orders after two groups clashed over Indian cricket team's defeat at the hands of West Indies last night.

The Kashmiri students, who are in minority at the institute, burst firecrackers in the lawns after the defeat of Indian team in their semi-final last night, reported the news agency CNS. 

Following this, the non-local students reportedly damaged the college infrastructure and clashed with the local students. 

Later, the authorities called police to disperse the clashing students.

A student alleged that some non-local students tried to misbehave with teaching staff. "This triggered the clashes," he said.

A student told news agency GNS that students from outside thrashed Kashmiri students who were celebrating the West Indies' win.

"As they started beating us, we also retaliated and there was intense altercation between locals and non-locals. They hurled abuses for celebrating Indian defeat," he said, adding afterwards the situation returned to normal.

However, the non-local students took out a pro-India march inside the campus and raised 'provocative slogans' after Friday prayers. 

"They shouted slogans against Pakistan and also shouted 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' and hoisted Indian flag which infuriated the local students," said the student.

Following the pro-India protest, the local Kashmiri students also took out a counter-protest march in which they raised pro-Pakistan slogans. "The students were shouting pro-Islam and pro-Pakistan slogans. They also hoisted a green flag in the campus," he said.

Within no time, he said, the local and non-local students once again came to face to face and started thrashing each other. 

"Both sides beat each other while non-Kashmiri students damaged electronic equipments of locals in hostels. Besides, a teacher and a delivery boy of a private company were thrashed by non-local students," the student said.

Eyewitnesses said police personnel arrived in the campus and started teargas shelling to disperse the students who were thrashing each other. The police also resorted to cane charge and chased the students.

Registrar NIIT, F.A. Mir issued a notice on Friday directing students to vacate the hostel rooms. 

"In view of the prevailing indiscipline created by the students from today the 1st of April, 2016, the Institute is closed till further orders. Students are therefore to vacate the hostels. The decision has been taken due to the denial by the students to maintain discipline even after repeated requests by the Institute as well as local administration," read the notice.

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