Student protests in Pulwama: SHRC seeks college principal’s presence, asks SSP to intervene

Student protests in Pulwama: SHRC seeks college principal’s presence, asks SSP to intervene
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Srinagar: The state human rights commission (SHRC) on Thursday directed senior superintendent of police Pulwama to seek personal appearance of principal degree college Pulwama before the commission by January 1, 2018.
On previous hearing, the commission directed the principal to be present with his compliance report but he didn’t turn up.
The police in its report filed before commission had blamed students of degree college Pulwama “as habitual of pelting stones.”The student unrest which triggered six months back was also due to “Pulwama college episode”, the report said.
Acting on the directions of SHRC, SP Pulwama submitted the report about the protests at the college on April 12. The report was submitted after the chairman of International Forum for Justice, Ahsan Untoo, filed a petition against SP Pulwama on 9 June.
As per the police report, “On 15 April 2017, a joint naka of police and CRPF along with bullet proof (BP) bunker was established near Municipal toll post on Pulwama-Newa road at a distance from GDC Pulwama for securing the town against the militant attack and checking general crime. At around 1 pm Police Control Room (PCR) Pulwama received a telephonic call that the naka party has been attacked with iron rods and stones by a mob including a large number of students of GDC Pulwama and the mob are trying to overpower the party in order to snatch their arms/ammunition set ablaze their bunker.” It added that after the information PCR Pulwama passed the information to district administration and deputy superintendent of police (DySP) headquarters Pulwama and station house officer (SHO) Pulwama. Following this the police proceeded to the spot and while on way DySP headquarters received another call from DySP DAR DPL Pulwama that there is every apprehension of “loss of human life as a riotous mob is heavily pelting upon the joint naka party.”
In the status report SP Pulwama also stated, “Police didn’t enter the college premises despite grave provocation from the mob. At the main gate we manoeuvred the vehicles and chased the mob away as there was every possibility that if not chased, they could have overpowered the police deployment, which could have overpowered the police deployment”.
The report further stated that police did not enter the college premises “but after the request of college authorities and in the presence of Additional DC Pulwama and ACR Pulwama.’”
Police submitted that the students of college pelted stones upon army vehicle near gate of degree college Pulwama for which a case FIR no 123/2017 U/S 148, 149, 427, 307 RPC was registered at police station Pulwama on complaint of 55 RR. The investigation of the case was going on.

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