10 students of degree college Kulgam injured by pellets

10 students of degree college Kulgam injured by pellets

One student injured in eye, sent to SMHS; Doordarshan cameraman also hit by pellets; clashes in Anantnag after shopkeepers quarrel with police ANANTNAG: At least 10 students were injured by pellets, one of them in his eyes, when clashes with government troops broke out at degree college Kulgam on Thursday. Witnesses said that the clashes started in the afternoon when some students of the college threw stones at the bunker of government troops situated adjacent to the college. The troops, witnesses said, first resorted to teargas shelling to drive away the students and later fired pellets on the students. “We were in the office when we suddenly heard the sounds of teargas shells. We went outside and saw that clashes were going on,” a college teacher told Kashmir Reader. He said that the troops fired teargas shells and pellets into the college campus. He said at least ten students suffered pellet injuries and several girl students fainted due to the teargas. The injured were immediately taken to district hospital Kulgam. Medical Superintendent of district hospital Kulgam Dr Roshan Din said that 14 students were brought to the hospital. “Of these fourteen students, ten had been hit by pellets in different body parts, and four girl students had suffered panic attacks,” the medical superintendent told Kashmir Reader. He said that one of the injured students had suffered severe pellet injuries in his eye and was referred to SMHS Srinagar for specialised treatment. A cameraman for Doordarshan, Tanveer Wani, was also injured by pellets near his eye. Following the clashes, the college authorities announced the closure of the college on Friday. In Anantnag town, massive classes broke out after a verbal duel between policemen and a shopkeeper over a parking issue in Dangarpora locality. Witnesses said that policemen who were clearing traffic jam asked a shopkeeper to remove the vehicle he had parked on the road and show the vehicle’s documents. The shopkeeper refused to do so, leading to arguments with the policemen. The policemen brought a crane to lift the vehicle, to which other shopkeepers objected. The shopkeepers of the area, witnesses said, lowered their shutters and gathered in protest. Local youth joined them and clashed with police. Later, witnesses said, the clashes spread to other localities of the town, including the business hub Lal Chowk, Reshi Bazar and Janglat Mandi, causing a shutdown in these markets. Witnesses said that some students who were returning from their respective institutions joined the stone-throwing protests that continued for several hours. The police, witnesses said, resorted to heavy teargas shelling and also lobbed PAVA shells to drive away the stone-throwing youth. A police official, wishing anonymity, said that policemen did not beat any shopkeeper but had only asked one of them to remove his vehicle from the road because it had led to a traffic jam. Meanwhile, a shutdown was observed in Muhammadpora area of Kulgam district against the alleged ransacking of houses and use of force by army soldiers during a search operation on Wednesday evening. Locals alleged that army men conducted searches of some houses during which they ransacked household goods and beat up people, including women, causing injuries to several of them. A police spokesman, however, said, “some miscreants pelted stones in Kulgam market and forced the shopkeepers to down their shutters. There was no serious injuries to anybody. After some time the shops were opened.”

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