Actor Anupam Kher was on Sunday stopped at the Srinagar airport by Jammu and Kashmir police officials and asked to return to Delhi, after he planned to visit the National Institute of Technology campus in the city. Kher said he wanted to visit the campus, which has been at the centre of protests and violence in the last week, to provide moral support to the students and not to create any problems, reported ANI. Kher had earlier extended support to NIT students who had protested against a group of local students for allegedly raising anti-national slogans after the Indian cricket team lost in the World Twenty20 semifinals on March 31.

A group of outstation students began protesting after violent clashes at the university following the cricket match. Protestors were later lathicharged by state police on Tuesday. Outstation students have demanded they be sent home, and some students have asked that the institution be shifted out of the state. The state government has ordered an inquiry into the violence, while the Human Resource Development Ministry also sent a two-member fact-finding team to the campus.