Ganderbal: At least 15 people, including eight policemen, were injured in clashes between stone-pelting students and cops in Ganderbal district of Kashmir, police said. A group of students indulged in stone-pelting near the mini secretariat in Ganderbal town, 21 kms from here, to protest against the alleged “insensitivity” of traffic police which had stopped a passenger vehicle carrying large number of students in the morning, a police official said.
Reports said a group of students traveling on the roof top of a passenger bus from Safapora to Ganderbal were stopped near Tawheed Chowk by police and asked them to come down from the roof top. Students irked by the police action protested against the move resulting in clash between the two sides. Students from Degree College, Ganderbal joined the protest against alleged high handedness of police.
The protesting students started shouted pro freedom slogans and demand action against cops who allegedly beat up students. The protestors alleged that the action of the traffic cops had cost them academically.
The police officers tried to pacify the protesting students but to no avail, the official said.
Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal Tariq Hussain Mir also reached to the spot and tried to calm down the agitated students by assuring to constitute a committee headed by ADC Ganderbal to look into the issue. However students declined the move.
As protesting students refused to disperse, police swung into action and uses baton charge and restored to Teargas Smoke shells to disperse the agitated students in which three of students got minor injury.
The injured were shifted to District hospital Ganderbal for treatment.
After the protest turned violent, police resorted to baton charge to disperse the students and bring the situation under control, he said.
At least seven protestors and eight policemen were hurt in the clashes, the official said.
All the injured were administered first aid at a local hospital and discharged. Kupwara district in north Kashmir also saw a protest with taxi operators resisting a directive by the district administration to shift the cab stand from the busy town market.
The taxi operators demanded that the district administration revoke its directions for shifting of the taxi stand as it would affect their livelihood.