Handwara: Over a dozen students including females were wounded in government forces action on Saturday during clashes that broke out on a third straight day in north Kashmir.
In the morning, students from government degree college Handwara assembled and staged a protest against forces assault on students across the Valley for last two weeks.
Raising anti-India and pro-freedom slogans, students took to the streets and marched towards Handwara’s main chowk. The forces deployed there stopped the protesting students from moving ahead triggering stone throwing clashes.
The forces fired teargas shells to break up the protests. The forces action resulted into injury to students, who were removed to hospital for treatment.
The forces action prompted students from other educational institutions to join the protests, which continued for hours during the day. Students also hoisted a Pakistan flag on façade of the college’s administrative building. Shopkeepers downed shutters while traffic remained off the roads during the clashes. Residents in the town complained that teargas led to suffocation of ailing patients and children in the town.
School authorities said that forces fired several shells inside school premises. Due to suffocation over three dozen female students and two teachers fainted.
A senior doctor at district hospital Handwara said that they received 12 injured students. However, they were discharged after treatment.
The students’ protests started from April 15 when police assaulted students of government degree college Pulwama. Since then, nearly 200 students have been injured in the forces action during students’ protests that broke across the Valley.
In Pulwama’s Newa village, several students received injuries after clashes broke out between students and government forces there. Students of government higher secondary Newa protested the forces assault on their colleagues across the Valley.