Four girls among 12 students injured; Pampore to shutdown today
Bilal Habib/Mohammad Suhail
PULWAMA: Amid widespread student protests, government on Wednesday suspended classes at the Islamic University of Science and Technology while students from Anantnag colleges were barred from entering the college premises.
Four girls were among 12 students injured in Pampore where students, protesting the killing of a youth during a cordon and search operation in Shopian on Tuesday, blocked Srinagar-Jammu highway.
Amid complete shutdown in Pampore on Wednesday, students of boys and girls higher secondary schools took out protest rallies against Adil’s killing. Government forces fired tear smoke shells to prevent the students from reaching the Srinagar-Jammu highway. Angry students threw rocks at police and CRPF, triggering fierce clashes, eyewitnesses told Kashmir Reader.
During clashes that continued for hours, at least fifteen persons, including four girl students, received injuries. People alleged that forces barged into their houses, beat up inmates and ransacked household goods. Two sisters were thrashed so mercilessly by the forces that they had to be hospitalised.
A paramedic posted at sub-district hospital Pampore said that a total of fifteen injury cases were brought to the hospital. “Four of them were girl students. One of the injured boys who had been hit in head and was unconscious was referred to Srinagar,” the paramedic told Kashmir Reader.
In Awantipora, students of Islamic university of Science and Technology held massive protests against the killing in Shopian. Students boycotted classes and assembled in the university premises, raising pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. “Students held placards, condemning civilian killing and internet ban,” a student told Kashmir Reader. “We are with our freedom fighters,” a placard read.
The students moved towards the Srinagar-Jammu highway and held a sit-in for 15 minutes before forces lobbed tear smoke shells and fired pellet guns to disperse the protesting students. The clashes continued for more than an hour and halted movement of traffic on the highway.
Following the incident, university administration suspended classes for Thursday and Friday. “The class work in all teaching Departments/Centers shall remain suspended on June 8 and June 9, 2017,” a notice on the university website declared.
Students of Government Degree College Handwara also took to streets to protest Adil’s killing by forces in Shopian. Eyewitnesses said that hundreds of students of Handwara college marched on the streets and raised pro-freedom slogans. The students pelted government forces with stones.
Amid a complete shutdown in Pulwama town, clashes broke out between government forces and protesting youth. Groups of students, witnesses said, marched on the roads and threw rocks on the police. Forces resorted to intense teargas shelling to disperse them. In Tral town, a complete shutdown was observed – business establishments and private offices remaining closed in the town.
In Anantnag, the college authorities, fearing protests, prevented students from entering college premises. Meanwhile, Trader’s Federation Pampore called for a shutdown in the town on Thursday against “force’s highhandedness”. A police spokesperson said that a “large number of police personnel received injuries” during clashes with students in Namblabal Pampore and University Road Awantipora.