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150 students march from Delhi to Srinagar in BJP-led Chalo NIT protest

Speed News team | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:51 IST
In the wake of the turmoil at the National Institute of technology (NIT) in Jammu and Kashmir, around 150 students from various states, on 9 April, embarked on a march from Delhi to Srinagar. The march, which is being called Chalo NIT, is reportedly led by BJP national secretary RP Singh, and is a bid to express solidarity with the non-local students of NIT Srinagar. According to reports, the students assembled in Delhi and set out on the march, waving the tricolour and saying that no one can deny students the right to hoist the flag in Kashmir.  The students have reportedly taken off on bikes, cars and buses.On 8 April , Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti described the student unrest at the National Institute of Technology (NIT) as a “non-issue” in an interview to a regional news channel. She had then said that the issue was being unnecessarily highlighted as a communal incident.Meanwhile, demand to shift the NIT campus from Kashmir has been rejected. Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh claimed that most of the demands of the protesting outstation students had been accepted. However, shifting of the NIT outside the Valley \"was out of the question\".
First published: 9 April 2016, 1:48 IST