Kashmiri Girls Join Students Protests in Large Numbers

by Abel Hampton April 18, 2017, 1:07
Kashmiri Girls Join Students Protests in Large Numbers

Scores of people, mostly students, were injured in fresh anti-India protests and clashes with government forces in restive Indian-controlled Kashmir on Monday. Students reportedly pelted stones at the security forces due to which they were forced to fire tear gas shells and pellets to disperse the protesters.

Hundreds of students on the call of pro-freedom Kashmir University Students' Union took out a rally from SP College and Women's College - in capital Srinagar- at MA Road in city centre in the morning and staged pro-freedom and anti-India protests.

Police said they were maintaining "extreme restraint" while dealing with the student protests.

"Authorities feel there has been an attempt to spread fear and show security personnel in a bad light through online videos", said police officer.

He said party general secretary Nizamudin Bhat and other office bearers condemned the police action and intrusion into the academic institution.

CPI (M) leader and MLA Kulgam, M Y Tarigami while condemning the use of force against students said the "present government has become reckless and is not ready to read the writing on the wall". "This is a deeply worrying situation", he tweeted. "Is Mehbooba not alert to the situation".

Footage apparently showing a civilian tied to the front of an army jeep to deter protesters from throwing stones at the vehicle has also caused outrage after it was circulated on social media last week.

As the police sealed the college exits, the students started demonstrating within the premises. Its chairperson Justice Bilal Nazki has while took cognizance of the matter directed Superintendent of Police Pulwama to file a detailed report on the incidents within two weeks, a spokesman of the commission said. To handle the stone pelting, reinforcement was rushed to the spot.

"We were marching slowly to protest against the forces when some boys threw stones at CRPF camps in the main town of Sopore", Adil Khan, a second-year student of Degree College Sopore, told Firstpost.

"Three were referred to Srinagar for specialised treatment".

Srinagar, Apr 17 The ruling PDP-BJP coalition and opposition parties in Jammu and Kashmir today condemned the use of force against students in different colleges of the state and demanded stern action against those responsible for such acts.

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