Anupam Kher stopped at Srinagar airport, denied permission to visit NIT campus

The PDP-BJP government on Sunday stopped more than 40 people, including Bollywood actor Anupam Kher and film-maker Ashok Pandit, from reaching the National Institute of Technology (NIT) here to support protesting outstation students.

The 61-year-old actor who has voiced concerns about the police action on students at the National Institute of Technology on Tuesday wanted to visit the campus.

But officials cited orders banning the large gatherings to prevent Mr Kher from visiting the campus.

Anupam Kher then tweeted to the NIT students:

The NIT campus has been tense since policemen lathicharged student protesters on Tuesday evening after a clash at the institute’s main gates. Last week clashes had also broken out among local students and those from outside over the former celebrating India’s defeat in the World T20 semi-final match.

Two vehicles, including a bus, carrying supporters of the ‘Chalo NIT’ march organised by the BJP national secretary R.P. Singh, were stopped at Lakhanpur on Saturday night.

“Thirty to forty people were stopped in the night. On Sunday, two cars managed to enter Jammu city, but they were turned back,” said a senior police officer on condition of anonymity.

Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga, head of the Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena who was involved in the Prashant Bhushan attack case, was also spotted and asked to return.


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