Women students throw stones at private schools in Shopian to force them shut, KU hostellers stage demo
Srinagar: Student protests continued in several parts of Kashmir for the second day even as all high schools, colleges and universities remained closed on Tuesday.
Amid the closure, women hostellers in Kashmir University staged a protest demanding action against the police for assaulting students. The students shouted pro-freedom slogans and were prevented by the varsity authorities from marching outside the hostel premises. Similarly, protesting male students in the university campus were not allowed to come outside of their hostel premises, but they did manage to go out later in the day. They were intercepted before they could reach the university gate.
In Banihal town, students held a demonstration and blocked the Srinagar-Jammu highway for hours. They were angry at students being beaten by CRPF men at Chareel village close to Banihal town on Monday.
According to witnesses, the students carried out a protest march demanding action against the CRPF, and later clashed with government troops.
In Shopian, women students threw stones at two schools in Turkwangam village, forcing the school administration to close the schools. Hundreds of women students from Heff, Sugan, Shirmal, Chilipora and adjoining villages marched towards Turkwangam chanting pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. Witnesses told Kashmir Reader that the women threw stones on two private schools and damaged a vehicle belonging to the Islamic Scientific Day boarding school.
Later, the Model High School and the Islamic Scientific Day boarding school were closed.
A banned students organisation Kashmir university students union (KUSU) had called students ti protest against forces excesses in Pulwama college. Hundreds of students in universities, colleges and higher secondary schools held massive protests. The protests at several places morphed into clashes after the police stopped the students from walking out of campuses. During the clashes at least seventy students including girls suffered injuries.
Meanwhile, parts of south Kashmir observed a shutdown in protest against excesses of government troops and use of force on students in Kashmir. For the fourth consecutive day, Pulwama town stayed shut over the atrocities on students of Government Degree College Pulwama on Saturday. More than 50 students suffered injuries in clashes between students and police and paramilitary men on Saturday.
A complete shutdown was observed in Kulgam town with all shops, private offices and educational institutions remaining shut. Traffic also remained off roads in the town.