Anupam Kher today was halted at Srinagar airport and was denied entry into National Institute of Technology (NIT) Srinagar by J&K police citing apprehensions of law and order problems. Kher, was scheduled to visit the university to extend his solidarity with the students in wake of the recent events that put the campus into a curfew like situation. Governments in Jammu and Kashmir have in the past as well prevented political leaders and activists from entering the state citing the prohibitory orders. 

 

“He was stopped at the airport and not allowed to visit NIT,” a police official said. He said Kher was asked to return to Delhi as there were law and order problems.“I was going there as a citizen to meet students and give them moral support. If they say this is a law and order situation, I will say millions of people go to university, it’s an open place, why should they stop me. I was not going there to create problems. I was just going there to give them a sense of warmth,” Kher said.

 

 

The NIT campus has been tense since policemen lathicharged student protesters on Tuesday evening after a clash at the institute’s main gates. Trouble had broken out at the campus when groups of local and outstation students clashed following India’s defeat at the hands of West Indies in the semi-final match of T20 Cricket World Cup. On Saturday, Kher praised the NIT students for protesting against those who allegedly raised anti-India slogans after India’s defeat in the World T20 semi-final.

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