Students injured in college clash

Academic premises across Kashmir remained restive for most of Monday as students in universities, colleges and in certain cases high secondary schools protested against the alleged police raids on Pulwama College, last Saturday.

The security forces fired hundreds of teargas canisters and swung bamboo sticks to disperse the protesters, leaving over two dozen of them injured.

Residents said security forces shot Sajad Hussain Sheikh, 17, in the head after their armoured vehicles were pelted with stones in the Batamaloo area of Srinagar, capital of the disputed Himalayan region.

The call for holding protests against the Pulwama incidents had been issued by a students' union.

Authorities suspended mobile internet and broadband services in the Valley in the afternoon.

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

Police said they were maintaining "extreme restraint" while dealing with the student protests. They chanted anti-India slogans and threw stones at government forces.

Students in Sopore town protest against police action in Pulwama college. "As the classwork ended in the college, some miscreants started pelting stones at the naka". They engaged in intense clashes with the security men across the Valley during which scores of students' sustained injuries.

Around 100 students were injured as police used batons and tear gas to try to quell the protests, which broke out in the main city of Srinagar before spreading to other parts of the Kashmir valley. In the videos, a PDP leader and a trader seek forgiveness and announce disassociation from mainstream politics on gunpoint. "But then the government forces climbed a gate of the college from stadium side and fired pellets", he said. Is @MehboobaMufti not alert to situation?

Indian-administered Kashmir has been tense since April 9, when eight people were killed by police and paramilitary troops during election day violence.

"This is a phenomenon that has been going on for the last 27 years", Khurram Parvez, a leading Kashmiri human rights activist jailed last year, said about the videos.

"The recent report about a stone pelter tied to an Army vehicle, it helped contain stone pelters and saved the poll officials".

"Such videos are only aimed at creating scare in general public", a senior police official said.

"The image of a Kashmiri youngster tied in front of a jeep as a human shield will haunt the force forever", he had tweeted.

  • Joey Payne