Students clash with security forces in parts of Kashmir

Students were protesting outside of the college and to disperse them, police used tear gas.

While Srinagar police is battling students in SP College, reports about similar protests came from Shopian, Sopore, Pattan, Gaderbal and now from Kashmir University.

Leaving dozens of students and policemen injured, clashes broke out between security forces and agitating students in different parts of the Kashmir Valley.

Four people were killed over the weekend, including a street vendor shot dead by India's Border Security Force.

The Monday's protests were called by Kashmir University Students Union, a banned student body.

His condition is stated to be stable, he said, adding the police are investigating the matter. Students from both SP College and Government College for Women said that Government Forces exploded tear-smoke shells inside the college premises creating panic among them. Students amid pro-freedom slogans tried to march towards city centre Lal Chowk when police stopped them.

Following the day-long clashes, the authorities ordered the closure of schools, colleges and other educational institutions on Tuesday "as a precautionary measure", and all university and other examinations scheduled for the day have been postponed.

Incidents were reported from Srinagar, Bandipora, Baramulla, Anantnag, Pulwama, Kupwara, Kulgam and Shopian districts.

Sources said police has directed telecom companies operating in Valley to stop providing mobile internet services to its subscribers in the Valley.

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.

Locals in the area, however, insisted that troops inside a paramilitary force vehicle fired after it was attacked by stone pelters.

Police have filed a case against the army over the incident, which has been used by militants and activists as a reminder of alleged human rights abuse by Indian security forces. "This is a deeply worrying situation", he tweeted. "Why could all colleges/universities not have been closed for a few days after the Pulwama clashes?" Is @MehboobaMufti not alert to situation?

Police has registered an FIR against army for using civilian as a human shield in Beerwah area of central Kashmir's Budgam district on April 9, when bypolls were held for Srinagar Lok Sabha seat. Officials said some police officers also were hurt. Reinforcement was rushed to the spot.

There were videos showing traders and political leaders in Pulwama of South Kashmir being threatened by terrorists at gun point.

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

The video footage shows a man tied to the front of the vehicle.

  • Essie Rivera