India, Pakistan Asia Cup cricket match: NIT orders closure of shops on campus

Authorities at National Institute of Technology Hazratbal, Srinagar on Wednesday ordered the closure of all shops on the campus in view of the ongoing Indo-Pak cricket match.

“In view of Indo-Pak cricket match scheduled today i.e. 19/09/2018, all shopkeepers of the NIT campus are hereby directed to close their shops from 4:00 pm to midnight as a precautionary measure to avoid untoward incident,” reads a notification issued by the Ex-Engineer P&D wing of NIT Hazratbal, Srinagar.

 An official said the decision was taken to avoid any tension between local and non-local students who would watch the match at shops on the campus, GNS news agency reported.

Last year, local and non-local students clashed during the Indo-Pak cricket match. The clash prompted NIT authorities to suspend class work for several days.