Budgam: Students of Degree College Magam in Budgam district arrived to an unusual scene in the morning: army soldiers were standing everywhere, even in classrooms, and were brandishing their guns.
“The army soldiers had surrounded the classrooms from all sides and were trying to catch hold of students,” a student of the college said.
Principal of the degree college, Zahiruddin, told Reader that when the soldiers left in their vehicles, the students followed them, shouting anti-India and pro-freedom slogans. This made the soldiers turn back and fire teargas shells at the students, the principal said.
“The teargas shelling triggered intense clashes between the soldiers and the students of the degree college and the higher secondary school. Almost a dozen students sustained injuries,” the principal said.
Students said that as the clashes intensified, police and paramilitary troops came inside the college, broke windowpanes, and harassed girl students.
When asked about the reason for the presence of army soldiers in the college premises, the principal said that the soldiers run a Sadbhavna Computer Centre in the higher secondary school and visit the school at frequent intervals.
“I have given a clear message to the authorities that no army soldier should be given any permission to enter the college premises,” the principal said.
The principal of the higher secondary school in Magam could not be contacted for comment.