Massive clashes broke out in educational institutions across Kashmir as students fought pitched battles with police causing injuries to scores of students including girls.
Clashes broke out between police and students early morning at SP college and SP higher secondary school.
As per eye witness accounts police stopped the students from taking out a procession that led to clashes. Students were protesting against the alleged beating of students at Pulwama degree college a few days back.
Police resorted to use of heavy tear smoke shells to disperse protesters. As per reports at least 50 students received injuries in the clashes that erupted at different educational institutions. Station House Officer Maisuma Rashid Ahmed Malik was among the policemen who too were injured. Situation remained tense in Lal Chowk after the clashes and heavy deployment of police and paramilitary force personnel were made to quell the protests.
Protests were reported from Sumbal, Baramulla Sopore and Pattan towns of North Kashmir while in South Kashmir student protests were witnessed in Khanbal Anantnag, Tral, Doru and Shopian colleges of the valley.
Reports from Shopian and Kulgam suggest that many students were injured in the clashes with the forces. At least seven students were injured in the clashes in Kulgam, said an eye witness.
Sources said that four injured students were shifted to the Srinagar hospital for treatment.
According to reports heavy stone pelting was going on in the Sopore town when students clashed with the security forces near the college premises which trigged closure of market in the town.