Students protest in 2 varsities, demand end to ‘state-sponsored violence’

Students protest in 2 varsities, demand end to ‘state-sponsored violence’

Srinagar: Hundreds of students demonstrated at Kashmir University campus on Monday against the killing of five civilians in Kupwara district.
The University re-opened after a weeklong break due to shutdown, holidays and undeclared curfew in various parts of Srinagar.
The students from different departments raised slogans against the state oppression and praised militants especially Hizbul Mujahideen’s Burhan Wani who has become the symbol of the new wave of armed revolt in Kashmir.
The protesters marched through the roads connecting various departments, shouting anti-India and pro-azadi slogans. They demanded stern action against the perpetrators of crimes against innocent Kashmiris including the killers of five civilians slain recently in Handwara and Kupwara parts of north Kashmir. The students carried placards with slogans pro-freedom slogans. They demanded end of “state-sponsored violence” against the people of Kashmir.
“Kashmir is the only place on the face of earth where bullets are showered on civilians protesting against the molestation of a girl. Shame on the Indian army and the state government,” a female student, who was part of the protests, told Kashmir Reader.
Taking a dig at Bollywood actor Anupam Kher who had arrived in Srinagar earlier this month to join the non-Kashmiri students at national Institute of Technology (NIT), the protesters said as to why Kher was not visible anywhere when Kashmiri protesters were killed by Indian forces.
“Where is Anupam Kher now who used to cry over the NIT issue,” a protester said.
The protesters later marched towards the NIT gate where some student leaders addressed the gathering. The protests ended peacefully as the authorities allowed the students to vent their anger on the recent killings. The class work resumed in the campus in the afternoon following the culmination of the protests.

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