Students’ protests spread in JK

School children protest at Pantha Chowk on Thursday | Photo: Faisal Khan
School children protest at Pantha Chowk on Thursday | Photo: Faisal Khan

Srinagar: Students in several parts of the valley demonstrated on Thursday against the killing and maiming of people during the raging uprising and condemned the state government’s decision to conduct class 10 and 12 examinations next month.
Students of the Government Medical College demonstrated at Shaheed Afzal Guru Park, holding placards that read “every second lethal pellets rupture an eye in Kashmir”, “this is the place where you get bullets for stone”, “they call it security, we call it genocide”, “I don’t have a gun, stop shooting me”, “first you blind then you ask them to study”.
They protested against government of India’s refusal to allow UN human rights body to assess the rights abuses in the valley during the raging uprising.
The students shouted pro-azadi slogans.
President GMC Students’ Association Dr Faheem   said, “We the students of medical fraternity want to convey to the world that in this time of grief we are with our brother and sisters who have faced brutality of government forces for the past (nearly) three months.”
“We have seen the how much force has been used by forces on the protesters and how they were injured. It has been horrible to see the condition of the injured persons when they were brought for treatment,” he said.
Another student said that government should stop the use of highly hazardous PAVA shells as it paralyses a person. He said it is an “absolute lie” that PAVA shells contain pseudo capsaicin.
“Pseudo capsaicin brings tears to eyes but it does not paralyse. This shell contains some lethal elements,’’ he said.
Students also demanded that government should stop harassment of students in the name of examination.
“How can they appear in examinations when they are suffering from mental stress,” said Wamiq, a student.
At Lal Chowk, scores of students demonstrated and demanded justice for the students who were killed and blinded by bullets and pellets.
They were carrying placards that said “we will not sit in the examination centre till Kashmir issue is resolved.”
In south Kashmir student protests were also reported from Islamabad, Tral and Pulwama against the announcement of examination dates.
The students in Anantnag said, “We are being killed and maimed and now the same people who are responsible for this unrest brashly call for exams.”
They further said that Kashmir is a political problem and it should be resolved politically.
“We are ready to sacrifice our future for freedom. We won’t appear in any exam unless Kashmir issue is resolved. Freedom is our priority not exams,’’ they said.
Similar protests were held in Baderwah, Kulgam,Khonmoh, Panthachowk, Bandipora and Kupwara.

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