April 24, 2017

Dozens injured as Kashmir students clash with police

18 April 2017, 02:22 | Clarence Schmidt

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The students apprehended that the police had come to arrest their colleagues and resisted the entrance of cops into the college. Press Trust of India file

"How has Mehbooba government allowed security men to barge into a college and use force on students in its premises", said the protesting students, who were staging anti-government, anti-Mehbooba and pro-freedom slogans.

The police sources and witnesses said that the students while responding to the call boycotted their classes and held protests at and outside educational institutions in Srinagar, Shopian, Kulgam, Pulwama, Baramulla, Ganderbal and Bandipore districts. Dozens of students were injured, reports said.

Police said they were maintaining "extreme restraint" while dealing with the student protests. In this incident some miscreants and police personnel were injured.

Students of SP College in Srinagar blocked the Maulana Azad Road on Monday as police used tear smoke in a bid to clear it.

The clashes erupted soon after the students took to the streets at these places to protest against the "brutal use of force" against their comrades in and outside the government-run Degree College in southern Pulwama town on Saturday. "In the resultant chaos, some students received minor injuries and a lot of them were discharged after first aid", the statement said.

Indian police and paramilitaries allegedly raided the facility in search of students involved in anti-India protest.

As the police sealed the college exits, the students started demonstrating within the premises. "I hope @MehboobaMufti has thought through the implications of mass student protests across the valley. This is a deeply worrying situation (sic)", the former J&K chief minister wrote on his Twitter handle. Is @MehboobaMufti not alert to situation?

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The protests in Kashmir turned violent as police attempted to stop the students from marching, using tear gas shells, water canisters and PAVA shells.

Students clashed with government forces in Indian Kashmir on Monday as they protested a police raid on a college, in the latest outbreak of violence to hit the restive disputed territory.

He said security forces asked the protesters to disperse but they did not budge and started pelting stones on the forces, leading to clashes. Barring a few places places, police have used force nearly everywhere.

In the video announcement is being made that stone pelters will meet the same fate. More than 65 students were injured in that college on Saturday.

Injured students had to be transported to a hospital in Srinagar for specialised treatment.

Protests against the Pulwama raids by police have escalated to other towns outside Srinagar.

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