Adding to the situation of uncertainty created in Jammu and Kashmir the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Srinagar has suspended its classes till further orders. The announcement comes after the pilgrims for the Amarnath Yatra were told to cut short their trips and Machail Yatra in Jammu’s Kishtwar area was also stopped over security concerns.

“This is for the information of all the students of the institute that the class work for all courses stands suspended till further orders,” an order issued by the Registrar of NIT on Friday read.

“The above notice stands issued in accordance with the instructions received from the District Administration Srinagar,” it added.

However, district magistrate Srinagar Shahid Iqbal Choudhary in a tweet clarified that no instructions were given to shut the institute.

“In wake of unstoppable rumours, heads of all institutions were advised in the day to remain careful. No advise/instructions for shutting down any institution. This NIT notice is apparently a miscommunication,” Choudhary said on Twitter.

“We notify when we issue closure order. Our 900+ schools/KVs are open today. Objected to NIT claim of Dist Adm directions to close instt. Citing SM triggered panic among parents they sought transportation help for limited numbers. We assured full security in campus too. That’s all (sic),” he added.

On August 2, leaders of the state parties including Mehbooba Mufti, Shah Faesal, and Sajad Lone met with the state Governor seeking clarity on the matter. National Conference  leader Omar Abdullah who met with Satya Pal Malik on August 3 was assured by the latter that no modifications to the constitutional provisions were being made.