Srinagar, April 20
Clashes erupted for the fourth day today at some places in north and central Kashmir between security forces and students, who were demonstrating against use of disproportionate force in different degree colleges across the valley on Monday and April 15.
The protests by students against use of force by security force in Degree College Pulwama on April 15, followed by use of alleged disproportionate force on students on Monday in various educational institutes across the valley, continued despite authorities closing universities and colleges till tomorrow. Scores of students hit the streets outside a higher secondary school at Kaloosa in north Kashmir district of Bandipora to protest against alleged thrashing of students by security force on April 15 in Degree College Pulwama and various colleges and higher secondary schools in the valley on Monday. The slogan shouting students, demanding action against the accused security force personnel, tried to take out a protest march. However, when the students were trying to block Bandipora-Sopore road, security forces burst teargas shells to disperse the demonstrators, who resorted to pelting stones. Meanwhile, a woman was injured in the stone pelting. She was immediately taken to District hospital Bandipora, where her health conditions is stated to be stable.Students of Higher Secondary school and several middle schools in Ajas and Nadihal in Bandipora hit the streets against security force action.Scores of students from various schools also took out protest rally at Kangan in central Kashmir district of Ganderbal against use of disproportionate force by security forces on students in the valley during the last five days.
Demanding action against the accused, the students staged a sit-in at the main Kangan chowk. Similar protests were reported from some other parts of the valley.
Over 60 students, including girls, were injured when security forces burst teargas shells at Degree College Pulwama on April 16 to disperse demonstrators protesting against setting up of a checkpoint outside the college premises.
The incident led to massive protests by students in different colleges, universities and higher secondary schools across the valley on Monday, when several students were injured in the clashes with security forces.
In view of the sprung in students protests, the authorities have further suspended classes in all universities, colleges till tomorrow in the valley, where mobile internet remained suspended for the sixth day today while the speed of broadband has also been reduced.