Srinagar: Some of the students of Degree College Pulwama who were injured on Saturday in police action said that police and paramilitary troops entered their college and attacked them with gun butts. Zeeshan Bhat, a student of the college, is admitted in the critical care unit of SMHS hospital in Srinagar. He said that he was inside a classroom when the troops caught hold of him.
“I was not hit by a teargas shell. They caught hold of me inside the classroom and started beating me with gun butts. I lost conciseness when they hit me on the head,” Zeeshan told Kashmir Reader.
Maqbool Ahmad, a relative of Zeeshan, said that Zeeshan is not able to hear and understand properly since his injury. “He has just regained consciousness. He is still unable to hear or understand properly. His classmates told us that he was hit with gun butts,” said Maqbool.
Rayees Ahmad, a third-semester arts student at the college, has received pellets in his right eye, his face, and other body parts. He cannot see from his right eye and is admitted at SMHS hospital. He said he was in the courtyard of the college when the troops shot him with pellets.
“There was nothing going on inside the campus. The troops came from the back of the campus and started beating students. I was in the courtyard when they shot straight at me,” said Rayees.
Another student admitted at SKIMS Soura was hit with a teargas canister on his face. He has been kept under observation in the ICU of the hospital.
An eyewitness of the incident told Reader that the government forces had laid a cordon outside the college with the intention of arresting students at about 2:30pm. The students resisted the cordon and they were attacked.
“They fired without any provocation. Teargas shells and pellets were shot at the students. We saw shelling inside the college and students being beaten there,” the eyewitness said, requesting anonymity.