Omar suggests temporary closure on NIT to ‘calm tempers’



Former chief minister Omar Abdullah has called for closure of NIT Srinagar for couple of weeks to “cool tempers” and resolution of the issue.

A wrong precedent had been set by deploying central forces inside the NIT campus and bringing special teams from HRD ministry, Omar told Indian Express in an interview.

Omar said, “We tend to take these things out of proportions. Campus skirmishes are not unheard of, and as with JNU, the matter should have been left to the institute authorities to resolve. By bringing in extraneous elements, both security and administrative, we have created a situation with its own dynamics where politicians and wannabe politicians are now getting in.”

He suggested that the government needed to get a grip on the situation. “… and cooler heads should prevail. Let the authorities close NIT for a couple of weeks, get the hostels vacate and let tempers calm down. This is not unique. Such options have been exercised earlier so that things settle down,” he said when asked for a solution.


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