Srinagar, April 24
As colleges and universities opened today after a week in the Kashmir Valley, students of Sri Pratap Higher Secondary College (SP College) clashed with the police and resorted to stone pelting, officials said.
They said that 24 people, including 12 security personnel, were injured during clashes between stone-pelting students and law enforcing agencies in the heart of Srinagar.
The upmarket Residency Road and adjoining M A Road here turned into a virtual battleground as students clashed with police shortly after colleges reopened.
A police spokesman said the security forces came under heavy stone-pelting which resulted in injuries to 12 personnel including three officers. “The miscreants and the students pelted stones on Traffic Headquarters and attacked police vehicles with stones clubs and lathis. The police showed utmost restraint,” he said.
“Some boys involved in stone-pelting were caught on the spot and detained by police,” the spokesman said, adding the mob was dispersed and normalcy restored in the area.
Other officials said several students, passersby and a photojournalist were also hurt in the clashes.
Tension broke out after a group of students assembled on the Maulana Azad Road and started pelting stones on security forces, causing blockade of one of the busiest roads in Srinagar. Sporadic clashes continued as security forces tried to restore traffic on the highway.
The classes in all the colleges across the Valley were suspended on Tuesday following widespread student demonstrations a day earlier against the alleged high-handedness of security forces against the students of Degree College, Pulwama, on April 15.
Following the clashes, the Divisional Administration had issued orders for closure of Kashmir University, all colleges and higher secondary schools across the Valley for a day on Tuesday.
The suspension of teaching work in the colleges was then extended first by a day, then two days and then by another day on the weekend as a precautionary measure.