Srinagar, April 8: A group of local students from National Institute of Technology (NIT) Srinagar Friday alleged that some reporters from India based news channels have been ‘inciting’ non-local students for violence. They appealed authorities to force media channels to vacate from the main gate of the Institute.
“Some Delhi and Mumbai based reporters call non-local students from their cell phones and ask them to march towards main gate. They do it to show that non-local students continue to protest against local police. Even some non-local students are not happy with the present mess and they just want peace in the Institute,” the local students told Srinagar based news gathering agency.
“We appeal authorities to ask these media houses to vacate from the main gate of the campus. Once, they vacate, peace will prevail,” they said.
These students alleged that some non-local students on Friday tried to march towards main gate on the behest of a camera crew. “Have they flown from New Delhi to disturb the peace here? We fail to understand what message they want to convey to the people across India,” the local student said.
A local reporter working for a Delhi based news channel told that most of the news channels bypassed their Kashmir based reporters and these channels dispatched their reporters to Kashmir from many parts of India. “Can you believe it an English news channel has sent two reporters to Kashmir who are camping outside NIT. An immaterial issue is being given so much hype,” he said.
Sources told that the news channels like Times Now, NDTV, News X, India TV and ABP all have bypassed their local reporters. “The outside state reporters of these channels are stationed outside NIT Srinagar to report what they call in a ‘fair and unbiased’ manner,” sources added. (CNS)
2015 Kashmir Despatch