Shopian students stage protests

Clashes erupted between students and government forces in south Kashmir’s Shopian town Monday after students started protesting against the killing of a college student, Aadil Farooq, by armed forces last week.

Witnesses said that heavy deployment of police and forces was made since early morning around government degree college Shopian. The move irritated the students and they started protesting against it, they said.

They said that after raising pro-freedom and anti-India slogans inside the premises the protesting students came out of the college campus and pelted stones on the deployment.

The forces retaliated with tear smoke shells and stun grenades creating panic in the area.

Witnesses said that soon the girl students also joined and started protesting.

The colleges and universities of Kashmir Valley reopened after many days in Kashmir. Authorities had suspended class work in the higher educational institutions fearing protests post Aadil’s killing. 

Meanwhile, clashes erupted between government forces and protesters after forces laid a siege in Marhama village of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.

Local sources said that forces launched Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) in the village however locals  assembled and  pelted stones on the forces, who fired tear gas shells and stun grenades to disperse protesters.

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