Women students roughed up, one kicked in her stomach
Srinagar: Policemen roughed up women students in the heart of Srinagar during yet another student protests on Tuesday, even as colleges and high schools remained shut in Handwara, while in Pulwama school boys continued to pelt government troops with stones.
In Lal Chowk, students of SP higher secondary school staged protests demanding the release of arrested students. Students hurled stones towards the MA Road from the lane that houses the school. Police reached the spot and brought the situation under control, but not for long. Women students of the Government Women’s College at MA Road took to the streets after college was over, raising pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. Witnesses said that police came in the way of the marching women students and forced them back.
Policemen roughed up women students on MA Road. “Policemen were accompanied by women police but the male cops harassed the girl students and one girl was kicked on her stomach,” witnesses said. They said that a few women students fell unconscious after the police acted against them.
Locals said that a policeman kicked a girl student in her stomach due to which she fell unconscious. It triggered heated argument between SHO Kothibagh and people who provided water to the fainted girl. Police also arrested a pedestrian near MA Road.
Before the incident, students assembled near Exchange Road and many of them threw stones at the police. The protesting students hit with sticks the CRPF bunker outside BSNL office. Police chased away students, who entered the campus of the Women’s College at MA Road, and threw stones at the police from inside the campus.
At least six students were arrested during the clashes between them and government forces in Pulwama.
Students of Mehjoor Memorial higher secondary school (MMHSS) marched out of the school premises and held protests. The protesting students were demanding the release of some of their mates who they alleged are under the continuous detention of police from last several days.
On reaching near Rajpora chowk, the students attacked the forces’ vehicle with stones triggering clashes. The forces used tearsmoke shells to disperse the protesting students. The clashes led to shutdown in the marketplace. Later students of degree college also joined the protesting students and clashed with forces. The clashed spread to Murran chowk and other areas triggering shutdown. Forces resorted to heavy teargas shelling and also lobbed PAVA shells. During the pitched battles, forces arrested at least six students.
However a police officer said that only two students were detained during the clashes.
On the second day, Degree College Handrawa and higher secondary schools remained shut and no classes were held.