Violent protests rock Kreeri over kidnap bid

Baramulla: Police on Wednesday used batons and fired teargas canisters to disperse hundreds of students, who were protesting against the alleged abduction bid on a girl student by unknown boys in Kreeri town of this north Kashmir district.
Hundreds of students from Government Higher Secondary School (GHSS), Kreeri took to streets when news spread that a group of three boys had tried to abduct and bundle a female student in their car outside the school premises on Tuesday evening, reports said.
Shouting anti-government and anti-police, the students tried to march to the Srinagar-Baramulla highway. However, the cops intercepted the protesting students.
“Angry students pelted stones and rocks on the police. In retaliation, cops used batons and fired several teargas canisters to disperse the students. The clashes continued for some time. However, no one was injured,” eyewitnesses said.
Rehana, a protester, said that it was not the first time when the girl students were harassed in the area. The girls, she said, are off and on subjected to harassment by some hooligans outside the school.
“But no one is worried about our safety. No one is taking any action despite our repeated pleas,” she said.
Meanwhile, police said it has arrested three persons who had allegedly misbehaved with the girl students.
“Some girl students and their parents protested against Syed Adnan Bukhari, son of Syed Zahoor Bukhari; Abdul Wahid Bukhari, son of Syed Bashir Bukhari; and Sheikh Shahnawaz, son of Ghulam Hassan, residents of Kreeri, and alleged that they had misbehaved with some girl students last evening,” a police spokesman said.
He said police lodged an FIR (No.41 U/S 294,506 RPC) and investigations have begun.