NIT-Srinagar asks students not to watch Sunday’s India-Pak cricket match in groups

The National Institute of Technology (NIT) in Srinagar has asked its students not to watch Sunday’s India-Pakistan Asia Cup cricket match in groups or post anything related to it on social media platforms.

During Sunday’s match, the students have been directed to remain in their allotted rooms and not allow other students to enter their rooms and watch the match in groups, said a notice issued by the dean of students’ welfare.

“Students are aware that a cricket series involving various nations is going on in the Dubai International Stadium. Students are hereby directed to take sports as a game and not create any kind of indiscipline in the institute/hostel,” read the notice accessed by PTI news agency.

“If there is a group of students watching the match in a particular room, then the students to whom that particular room is allotted will be debarred from the institute hostel accommodation and a fine of at least Rs 5,000 will be imposed on all the students involved,” the NIT said.

Furthermore, they have been instructed not to step out of the hostel rooms during or after the match.

The students have also been directed to avoid posting any material related to the match on social media platforms.

In 2016, clashes broke out at the institute between outstation and local students following India’s defeat to the West Indies in the T-20 World Cup semi-final, leading to a closure of the NIT for days.

Last year, hundreds Kashmiri students were thrashed across India following India’s defeat to Pakistan in the ICC T20 World Cup, with some of them sustaining serious injuries.

Cricket matches often worsen the tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours, who have fought three wars since their independence from the British in 1947.