Srinagar: Government forces used tear gas shelling to disperse the protesting students in north Kashmir’s Sopore on Thursday.
Sources said that the students of Government Boys Higher Secondary school, Degree College Sopore and Government Girls Higher Secondary school, Sopore staged a massive protest against the arrests of several students during past two weeks of protests across Kashmir.
Raising pro-freedom and anti-India slogans, the protesting students started marching however they were intercepted by a large contingent of police and other government forces.
The forces used tear smoke canisters to disperse the protesting students, including girls. This triggered clashes resulting into injury to one of the protesting girls.
As the clashes intensified one lady Sameera Begum wife of Shabir Ahmad, a resident of Wahipora slipped and fell down fracturing her leg. Sources said that Sameera was referred to Srinagar for advanced treatment.
They said that one girl, Baisara daughter of Khursheed Ahmad Shah, a resident of Noorbagh also sustained injuries during clashes.
Local sources said that at least ten girl students also fainted due to tear smoke and were taken to Sopore hospital for first aid.
Soon after the clashes, shopkeepers pulled down their shutters and traffic went off the roads, sources said.