Amid chaos, security forces enter various educational institutions in Srinagar

Security forces have entered various colleges in Srinagar as part of law and order duties.

Officials said around 200 personnel of paramilitary forces are camping at NIT Srinagar post evacuation of students.

“We received directions to provide accommodation to the security forces so we have adjusted them in a common hall,” an official at NIT said wishing anonymity. “Everything is being done on verbal directions of higher ups,” he said.

An official said the security forces have been also accommodated in Amar Singh Club, Polytechnic Institute, Institute of Hotel Management, besides three degree colleges.

“Additional companies were also accommodated in SDA building and other dozens of locations in Srinagar,” the official said.

Amid the prevailing uncertainty in valley, parents of students putting up at Kashmir University hostels are worried about their wards.

“While IUST and NIT authorities have evacuated students, the KU authorities are indecisive about it which has created panic among parents. They should send back students to their homes has not taken any decision,” they said.                               

Meanwhile, a source at KU said the female boarders in KU hostels are leaving for their homes fearing uncertainty.

“The girls are leaving of their own. They have been unofficially asked to leave for home for their safety, but nothing has been decided officially,” the source said. He said around 40 percent students have left from hostels.

Registrar KU  said they have not asked the students to stay in hostels or leave for their homes. “We have not decided anything officially,” he said.

A top official in KU however said the varsity had planned to announce summer vacation from August 9 but the official announcement was not made yet. “The dates were fixed keeping in view the Eid festival and I-Day,” he said.

The parents of students enrolled in SKUAST (K) have also appealed the varsity administration to send back students to their homes keeping in view their safety.

Vice chancellor SKUAST (K) however said the hostels are located inside varsity premises and there were no issues of insecurity.

Meanwhile, the authorities at Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) on Sunday evacuated all the boarders from varsity hostels. The varsity administration also postponed the ongoing exams up to August 9.