Rs 5,000 Fine students for watching or posting India-Pak game: Srinagar College issues order

A notice issued by the Dean of Student Welfare at the National Institute of Technology (NIT) in Srinagar had ordered students to stay in their assigned rooms during the India-Pakistan match on August 28. The instructions further advise students not to watch the game. in groups or even post any content related to it on social media platforms.

Strict measures such as the imposition of fines were put in place after the clash that broke out in the NIT in 2016 following the India-West Indies T-20 World Cup semi-finals. The recent notice was then released to ensure that the match did not result in further disciplinary action or the closure of the institute.

Prevent repeated conflict

According to the notice issued by the administration of NIT Srinagar, students have been urged to enjoy the sport as a game and not take the cue to cause chaos and indiscipline in the institute or hostel. The August 28 match was one that many were looking forward to, and it would also inevitably have caused clashes over either team’s victory. To avoid such repeated incidents, students were asked to stay in their assigned rooms and not allow other students to enter their rooms to watch the game as a group.

If found to have violated the said instructions, the students could be barred from the institute’s hostel accommodation and even fined at least Rs 5,000. NDTV also reported that the students were barred from even posting match-related material on their social media platforms.

The clashes of 2016

In 2016, NIT Srinagar made headlines for clashes that broke out between the resort’s students and local students after West Indies defeated India in the semi-finals of the T-20 World Cup. The students attacked each other and the very next day the institution saw hundreds of non-local students burning flags and protesting against Kashmiris chanting “Bharat Mata ki Jai”, “Hindustan Zindabad” and “Pakistan Murdabad”. In similar retaliation, Kashmiri students reportedly chanted “Hum Kya Chahte Azadi”.

The incident prompted police forces to keep the situation under control. After charging students with batons and tear gas shells, the facility was forced to close until normalcy returned.

Also Read: Students Brutally Beaten at NIT Srinagar – What We Know So Far About Unrest Inside the Institute

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