Srinagar: Protests were held at the National Institute of Technology in Srinagar on Tuesday, November 28, over a student’s social media post allegedly hurting religious sentiments, officials said.
The protesters demanded stringent action against the non-local student who has been sent home on leave, they said.
The students have blocked both the gates of the institution, located in the Nigeen area of the city, and raised slogans inside the campus, officials said.
Police have reached the spot and are trying to pacify the protesting students who claimed that the social media post has hurt the religious sentiments of Muslims, they said.
An FIR was filed against the non-local student after NIT’s Registrar sought police action.
A case has been filed over the alleged social media post under IPC sections 153 (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence or language and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) and 295 (destroying, defiling of damaging any place of worship or any object sacred by any class of persons with intention of insulting the religion of any class of persons).
The incident comes amidst the arrest of seven university students of the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at Shuhama under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). The arrest was made following the complaint of a non-local student who alleged get was threatened and pro-Pakistan slogans were raised during the India-Australia World Cup match.
(With inputs from PTI)