Mufti Calls High-Level Meeting As NIT Srinagar Deadlock Continues 

Talks between the government and the non-local students of NIT have failed to end the deadlock.

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Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti (Photo: IANS)

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti called for high-level meeting over the law and order situation in the state.

Talks between the government and the non-local students of the National Institute of Technology (NIT) have failed to end the deadlock as students stuck to their demands, including shifting the institute out of the Valley.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is expected to fly down to the summer capital Srinagar from Jammu, a day after her deputy Nirmal Singh met representatives of protesting non-local students and held five-hour long talks with them on Friday.

Education Minister Naeem Akhtar, a three-member team of Union Human Resources Development Ministry, NIT-Srinagar Director Rohit Gupta and senior civil and police officers were also present in the meeting at Nirmal Singh’s official residence.

Nirmal Singh said most demands of the agitating students had been accepted, but they were told that shifting the NIT outside the valley “was out of question”.

On the students’ demand that action be taken against local policemen, a magisterial probe has been started and its findings will determine who needs to be proceeded against, Singh said.

Nirmal Singh allayed fears of the protesting students that FIRs had been registered against them.

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“Those FIRs are open and nobody’s name appears in them,” he told the agitating students. NIT officials have confirmed that some injured students wanted to go home and arrangements have been made accordingly.

Trouble began after some students of NIT Srinagar allegedly celebrated India’s loss to the West Indies in a T20 cricket match last week. Non-local students objected to the celebrations and countered them with their own demonstration in India’s support.

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(With IANS inputs)

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