Baramulla: School students on Saturday marched in protest in Sopore against the government decision to hold Board exams in November. Reports said that hundreds of students from classes 8 to 12 studying in schools of Sopore town and adjourning areas assembled in front of the government higher secondary school at Sopore. They held placards and raised slogans against India and the PDP-BJP state government, especially against education minister Naeem Akhtar.
The students said they will not appear in examinations until the government resolves the Kashmir issue.
Shouting anti-India slogans and carrying posters and banners, the students tried to march through the town but police did not allow them to do so. This resulted in minor clashes in which the students hurled stones at policemen while they in return used tear smoke shells to disperse them. Four students sustained minor injuries in the clashes.
Sajad Hussain, a student, said, “Schools are closed for the past three months. Most of the students have not completed syllabus and now the education department has announced examinations. We appeal to the department to postpone the exams.”
Another student, Danish, told reporters covering the protests that, “Large number of students across Kashmir have lost their eyes and the government has announced examinations! This is unacceptable.”
Meanwhile, a complete shutdown continued across the district. All shops and business establishments were shut and public transport off the roads. Some private transport was functioning.