Kashmiri students clash with Indian police during protests

18 April, 2017, 00:34 | Author: Cecelia Webb
  • J&K: Clashes outside Pulwama's Degree College injures over 50 students

The security forces fired hundreds of teargas canisters and swung bamboo sticks to disperse the protesters, leaving dozens of them injured. At least 20 people were injured in the clash, he said.

Authorities suspended mobile internet and broadband services in the Valley in the afternoon. A police official said the militants entered into the house of Bashir Ahmad Dar and his cousin Altaf Ahmad Dar at Qasbaya, Pulwama, 35 kms from here, late Saturday night and asked the duo to accompany them. But they didn't agree and continued to block the road.

"All the universities, Higher Secondary Schools and colleges shall remain closed tomorrow as a precautionary measure", an official said.

Some schools, including the Delhi Public School at Srinagar, had declared a holiday on Monday in view of the growing tensions and resentment in the student community against Saturday's incidents in Pulwama.

Police said Students of a local college objected to the setting up of a "Naka" (checkpost) outside the college and engaged in stone-pelting against the security forces, police said. Another 22-year-old student was killed on Saturday evening by Border Security Forces in Batamaloo, Srinagar.

According to police sources, clashes started after officers tried to stop students from marching in the city's main commercial hub, as the students chanted slogans "Go India, go back" and "We want freedom".

In another case also on Sunday, a video shared by Kashmiri pro-independence leader, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, on his Twitter account, showed Indian security forces brutally torturing a Kashmiri youth.

Former Chief Minister and opposition National Conference (NC) working president, Omar Abdullah, questioned the handling of students' protests by the government. "Is Mehbooba not alert to the situation".

Indian-administered Kashmir has been tense since April 9, when eight people were killed by police and paramilitary troops during election day violence.

In Kangan also students took to roads and protested against police highhandedness in Degree College Pulwama.

It is believed Dar was targeted after he was accused of pelting stones at the Indian army personnel. The move was documented in a viral video and caused outrage across Kashmir.

The video had evoked strong condemnation from all sections of society.

However, on Monday the government backed the army's conclusion that strapping the man to the vehicle was a last-resort decision by the commanding officer.

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