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About 100 Kashmir students hurt in clash with Indian troops

Kashmir Kashmir man army jeep man tied to jeep Kashmir violence Kashmir clashes stone pelting Kashmir nationalism nationalism Valley violence Express column Indian Express About 100 Kashmir students hurt in clash with Indian troops
Theresa Hayes | 18 April, 2017, 00:22

The area where the firing incident occurred is not even the designated route for the security forces to pass.

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Khan in an order said that all educational institutions from universities, colleges and higher secondary schools shall remain closed on Tuesday.

Police sources said the situation is tense but is under control.

The students also staged protests in other colleges in Srinagar.

Five persons were injured on Saturday in a clash between protesters and security forces in Pulwama town in south Kashmir.

In a statement, the union said the police action was created to help the state "rule by repression and fear".

Students at Kashmir University also boycotted their classwork to stand in solidarity with the injured students. Some schools including Delhi Public School at Srinagar had declared holiday on Monday in view of the growing tensions and resentment in the student community against Saturday's incidents in Pulwama.

Reports said that students of Degree College Bemina here in Srinagar too resorted to stone pelting when they were not allowed to take out a peaceful march. Colleges in Bejebehara and Khanabal are also on boil. They alleged students were chased with pellet guns, injuring one student in the eye. Shopkeepers downed their shutters while traffic disappeared from Moulana Azad Road. "I hope @MehboobaMufti has thought through the implications of mass student protests across the valley".

Security forces had entered the Pulwama college on Saturday.

"We didn't have forces deployed in the area. It has been a nightmarish day for the entire education sector", said G.N. Var, the chairman of the association in a statement here.

Yesterday's violence followed two videos, one of youths heckling and kicking CRPF personnel and the other of Indian Army soldiers using a civilian as a human shield, going viral on social media.

The police had claimed that a normal naka had been established around 200 meters away from the college premises.

He said security forces asked the protesters to disperse but they did not budge and started pelting stones on the forces, leading to clashes. Reinforcement was rushed to the spot. They engaged in intense clashes with the security men across the Valley during which scores of students' sustained injuries. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has sought a report on the incident from the police. They further added that five injured were referred to Srinagar hospitals but all of them are stable.

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

The decision was taken soon after student fraternity hit the streets against what they called force's highhandedness in Pulwama last week.

Police said they had filed a case against the troops shown in the clip.