Srinagar: A police officer was injured in Srinagar and four students were injured in Budgam in clashes between students and police on Monday. A stone thrown by students of SP College in Srinagar hit a police officer during clashes between students and government troops outside the school. The district administration ordered suspension of class work at SP higher secondary school in Srinagar, and at the degree college and higher secondary school Magam for Tuesday.
Witnesses said that a group of students at SP College held protest demonstrations against the “arrest spree” of students in different areas of the Valley. Demanding the release of their colleagues, students raised pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. The students attempted to take out a march outside the college on MA Road when they were intercepted by police, which led to clashes between them.
Witnesses said that some students pelted the policemen with stones and the police fired teargas shells at them. Later, the students reassembled inside the college premises and hurled stones at the police from there, injuring the station house officer of Kralkhud police station.
“A stone hit the police officer on his head and he started bleeding. He was rushed to hospital for treatment,” a witness said.
Threatening to continue their protests, students told Kashmir Reader that police should release all the arrested students and stop the “arrest spree” of students. “We will continue to take to streets unless police release all the students,” said a protesting student.
Classes remained suspended at SP Higher Secondary School in Srinagar for the fifth day.
In Budgam, at least 4 students were wounded during clashes with government troops in Magam area soon after class work resumed at the degree college Magam on Monday after four days. Students claimed that they broke 4 CCTV cameras installed in their college campus after finding them there for the first time.
The students said that when they arrived in the morning, they found CCTV cameras installed in the campus. “We were worried about why the authorities had installed them. Where is all this information going and on what basis it is being viewed?” a student of the college said.
Chief Educational Officer Budgam, Inderjeet Sharma, said that he had no idea about the installation of CCTV cameras in the college. “Let me ascertain the facts,” he told Kashmir Reader.
The students said that they held a peaceful protest inside the college premises in the morning but when they attempted to go out of the campus, the police deployed outside fired teargas at them.
“We were peacefully protesting against the installation of CCTV cameras but when we went outside in support of our fellow students, we were attacked by police,” Muzamil Ahmad, a student, said.
“The assault of the government forces turned the college campus into a battlefield,” another student told Reader.
“As the protests intensified, the troops jumped over the walls of the college and came inside, creating panic in the school. They also detained some of the students,” a student said.
Principal of the Government Degree College Magam said that he had no knowledge about the CCTv cameras, but he said that the administration may have installed them.
The Magam block medical officer (BMO) said that four injured students were brought to Magam hospital and they were discharged after being given first-aid.
Deputy Commissioner Budgam Mir Altaf Ahmad said that as a precautionary measure, class work would be suspended at the degree college as well as at the higher secondary school in Magam on Tuesday. Government authorities also ordered the suspension of class work at SP higher secondary school in Srinagar for Tuesday.