Srinagar: The Director-General of Police on Wednesday said that all the students arrested during the recent spell of student protests will be released, unless found involved in serious crimes.
DGP Shesh Paul Vaid told Kashmir Reader that police had already released most of the arrested students. “We are releasing all the students and no student will be booked unless found involved in (creating) serious law and order problems,” Vaid said.
He said that police would not take stringent action against any student and would instead provide counselling to every student to prevent him from indulging in stone-pelting and creating trouble at school or college.
Vaid said that police have started the counselling process for students arrested during the recent spell of protests.
He said that police were also conducting counselling for parents whose children were arrested during protests outside schools and colleges.
“We are conducting counselling for students as well as their parents after calling them to police stations,” he said.
He said police were going through video footage of the protests to identify the students whose parents need to be called for counselling.
“Parents are being counselled to stop their children from indulging in protests and stone-pelting, which will destroy their career,” he said.
The DGP said that police were trying their best to reach every parent to counsel them to stop their children from joining in protests.
“If the trend is not curbed, it will destroy the career of the student fraternity in Kashmir,” Vaid said.
Without divulging details on how many students were arrested or released, the DGP said police do not wish to keep students in jails and do not want any confrontation with them.
“We are counselling all the detained students so that they don’t indulge in any such crime in future,” he said.
Student protests spread across Kashmir after students of government degree college Pulwama took to streets and clashed with police on April 12.
Soon after the Pulwama incident, student protests were held in Srinagar and students clashed with police at MA Road, Regal Chowk, and Residency Road in Lal Chowk area.
Kashmir Inspector-General of Police SJM Gillani while addressing media persons on Monday claimed that the situation has improved and normal academic work has resumed in 95 percent of the schools and colleges.
Last week, Minister for Education Syed Altaf Bukhari had intervened for the release of arrested students. He had asked students to approach him for whatever issues they had and had said that he would address their issues personally.