Baramulla: A large number of students on Thursday staged protests in Handwara town against the killing of five civilians last week. The students assembled in the compound of Handwara Degree College and shouted anti-India and pro-azaadi slogans.
Afterwards, they marched on the streets on way to their slain college mate Nayeem Qadir Bhat’s house.
Nayeem, a budding cricketer from the area, was one of the two youngsters who were shot dead by the government forces in indiscriminate firing on April 12 when a school going girl was spotted near an army bunker. The incident triggered massive protests, which were quelled by indiscriminate firing by the troops.
The students paid rich tributes to Nayeem. They were holding placards and posters in the hands reading “kill me, I am Nayeem”. Nayeem was a first year student at the same college.
Irshad Ahmad, a protester, said, “Nayeem was a good human being. This protest has been organised to pay homage to him and show our resentment against the arrest of some innocent youths of the area who were not released despite promises by the authorities.”
While the college students marched in Handwara market, the shopkeepers downed shutters to join them. The class work was not held in the college throughout the day.