SRINAGAR: Students held massive protests on Wednesday against the arrests of youth and the use of force by the Police.
Eyewitness said that students of the Gandhi Memorial College, Srinagar, and the MPML Higher Secondary School, Baba Demb, took to the streets, shouting pro-freedom slogans. The students were also demanding that the youth be released.
As soon as scores of students in school uniforms – both girls and boys – blocked the Baba Demb road to press the government, police arrived at the spot and removed them to a nearby alley. This resulted in a round of stone-fighting between the students and the government forces, which continued till late afternoon.
The students are reported to have fought pitched battles with the government forces. However when they continued to resist, the forces fired tear smoke and pepper gas shells to disperse them.
Students have been holding protests since April 15 after above 50 students were injured in the forces’ action in Pulwama on April 15. Many schools have been closed to prevent protests.
Pertinently, massive clashes between forces and students were also witnessed in Hajin town on Tuesday. Witnesses said that students of the town Higher Secondary School, M D School and Government Middle School took out a protest march from the Higher Secondary School to Main Chowk, Hajin.
Although the protests ended peacefully, all schools in the area were closed on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the government on Wednesday announced to suspend class work in S P higher secondary school and M P higher secondary school Srinagar on Thursday as a precautionary measure.