Shopian: Three students were injured from teargas canisters during clashes with government troops near the government degree college Shopian on Monday. Students had taken out a protest march towards the main market and they hurled stones on the way at the police special operations group (SOG) camp some meters away from the college gate. The SOG men fired teargas shells at the students to disperse them, leading to street clashes in which three students were hit by teargas shells and one girl student fainted from the smoke.
The police then laid a siege outside the college with a large deployment of police and paramilitary forces.
Students told Kashmir Reader that the troops went to the roof of industrial buildings near the college and fired from there dozens of teargas shells inside the college premises.
Earlier in the day, all the students of the degree college had boycotted their classes to hold a protest against the killing of their classmate Adil Farooq of Ganowpora village, who was studying for a BSc at the college. Adil was killed when government forces opened fire at protestors during a cordon and search operation in Ganowpora on June 6. Adil was hit by a bullet in his abdomen and died before he could reach hospital.
Pakistan’s national flag was also raised by the protesting students outside the college gate. Girl students chanted pro-freedom and anti-India slogans and sang songs in praise of martyrs.
The Shopian degree college had been reopened for classes after one week on Monday.