Srinagar: Clashes between protesting students and government forces erupted in Shopian town of south Kashmir on Wednesday.
Sources said that hundreds of students of government Boy’s Higher Secondary School Shopian, boycotted their classes and started marching towards the main market.
However, they said a large contingent of police tried to stop the students who were raising pro-freedom and anti-India slogans triggering clashes.
The protesting students pelted stones on police personnel who retaliated with tear gas shelling resulting in chaos in the area.
Local sources said that protesting students pelted stones on the residential quarter of the Deputy Commissioner situated few hundred meters away from the school.
They said that most of the market in the south Kashmir town was closed due to intense clashes which were going on when reports last came in.
Police sources said that protesting students were said not to come out of the school premises however they pelted stones.
Meanwhile, the students of Government Degree College Bijbehara, in Anantnag district also held protests against alleged force’s highhandedness for some time however they dispersed peacefully.
Student protests are order of the day in Kashmir ever since at least 60 students were injured in force’s action at Pulwama on April 15.