J-K Govt Institutes Enquiry To Probe Police Baton-Charge In NIT


Srinagar: The newly-formed Jammu and Kashmir Government on Thursday instituted an enquiry, which would be submitting its report within 15 days on the police baton-charge in the National Institute of Technology (NIT) campus.

“We have got the report. Yesterday, I had a conversation with the Chief Minister where it was decided that an enquiry would be instituted over the whole incident where police baton-charged and the students got injured,” Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh said.

“The Additional Magistrate of Srinagar district will monitor the enquiry. The enquiry (committee) would submit its report within 15 days,” he added.

The BJP leader, whose scheduled visit to the campus was cancelled today due to the prevailing security situation, also issued a clarification over his controversial comment made yesterday where he described the assault on students at the NIT campus in Srinagar as ‘a mild baton-charge’.

“When the incident took place, I got to know from a local level report that it was a mild- baton-charge’. But later on I got to know that the police exceeded its duty and an unnecessary action was taken by them. That’s why we have instituted an enquiry which would submit its report within 15 days,” he said.

As per the police, the outside students, carrying the national flag, tried to march to the main gate on Tuesday night.

Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani had on Wednesday said that her ministry officials are in the varsity campus to ensure that all of their issues are looked into while asserting that safety of students was her prime concern.

A fact-finding team of the HRD Ministry visited the institute’s campus yesterday for an on the spot assessment of the situation.

The two-member team comprising a Director level and a Deputy Secretary level officer also spoke to the students to get their version of the events.

Tension simmered in the NIT campus last week after India lost the World T20 semi-final to the West Indies.

Some engineering students from outside the state claimed Kashmiri students had chanted anti-India slogans and burst firecrackers after India’s defeat.