Student unrest: Protesting students showing no signs of fatigue 

Clashes continued between security forces and students, who allege use of disproportionate force on their colleagues by security personnel at various educational institutes during the last four weeks.

Scores of students from a Government Higher Secondary School (HSS) Pattan and Government Degree College Pattan in north Kashmir district of Baramulla, boycotted their classes, and took to streets, demanding action against the security forces allegedly involved in thrashing pupils, including girls, of Degree College Pulwama on April 15 and others during subsequent protests.

 The protesting students also demanded that the students, who were arrested during clashes in the last about four weeks, be released immediately.

 However, as the protesting students, including girls, tried to march towards the main chowk, security forces burst teargas shells to disperse the demonstrators, who resorted to stone pelting. Several students were injured in the clashes while about a dozen girl students fainted.

 Security forces also burst teargas shells to disperse students of Government Higher secondary School and Government Middle School Hajin in north Kashmir district of Bandipora, who tried to take out a protest march against deployment of security personnel outside their educational institutes.

Students from Gandhi College Srinagar also clashed with Police in old city Srinagar.

 Similar protests were also reported from some other parts of the valley, including Dooru in South Kashmir district of Anantnag.

 The recent student protests were triggered post a raid on Degree College Pulwama on April 15, when over 50 students, including girls, were injured.

The spike in student protests forced authorities to suspend class work of various Higher Secondary Schools and colleges for over a week last month as a precautionary measure.

 Meanwhile, district administration Srinagar has extended suspension of class work at SP Higher Secondary school on Wednesday.

A government spokesman said that class work in Boys Higher secondary School Sopore will remain suspended on Wednesday.

Sub Divisional Magistrate Sopore Sandeep Singh said that the decision was taken after massive protests erupted in Sopore town.

Meanwhile, according to the district administrations of Budgam, the class work in Government Degree College Magam and Boys Higher Secondary School Magam shall remain suspended on May 17, 2017 (Wednesday) as a precautionary measure.

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