After NIT Srinagar, protests break out in another J&K varsity

India Kashmir Protest University of Kashmir students hold a Pakistani flag as they protest at the university campus against the recent deaths of civilians | AP

Even as protests in NIT Srinagar have yet to fully die down, clashes broke out at Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University (BGSBU) in Rajouri between two groups of students on Monday.

Reports said several vehicles were reportedly torched as locals and non-Kashmiri students allegedly clashed on the campus.

NIT Srinagar has been on the boil after clashes broke out between outstation and local students earlier this month. Tension started when India lost to West Indies in a semi-final in the T-20 Cricket World Cup prompting some local students to rejoice and burst crackers. This led to protest by outstation students resulting in clashes.

The situation inside the campus has been volatile since then and the authorities have posted paramilitary personnel. The HRD Ministry had sent a three-member team to the campus last week to take stock of the situation and held talks with the agitating students to defuse the tension. The team is camping in Srinagar till the ongoing exams are over.

The students' protests coupled with the ongoing violence in the state have become a major challenge to the newly sworn-in Mehbooba Mufti-led government in the state.

The valley has been witnessing violent protests after rumours that a teenage girl was molested by a soldier in Handwara. Three persons including a woman were killed in firing by security forces on Tuesday while two more persons were killed in separate security forces action against violent protestors at Drugmulla and Nathnusa.

The army, however, has denied the molestation charges.

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