SRINAGAR: Police on Wednesday said students detained during clashes in Ganderbal would be released soon, after they had been counselled.
Police have detained around 20 students, including outsiders, during the massive clashes which broke out between students and forces following celebrations at Degree College, Ganderbal (DCG), over Pakistan’s win against India on Monday.
A group of students on Monday had gathered inside the college premises to celebrate the win. They were joined by others and, amid pro-Pakistan sloganeering, left the college to celebrate. “It caused heavy traffic jams. When forces tried to disperse them, they pelted stones at the forces,” SSP Ganderbal Fayaz Ahmad Lone told Kashmir Reader.
Lone alleged that the principal of the college had earlier informed the police about students vandalising college property.
“The students were instigated by outsiders to vitiate law and order there,” said the SSP. He said that the police while dispersing and chasing away the protesting students had arrested 20 of them.
“Some are outsiders, who will be booked for resorting to stone-pelting at forces and also for instigating students,” he said.
Lone said that the students would be released soon. “We will counsel the students first and release them without filing any FIR against them. However stringent action under law will follow against outsiders arrested during the clashes,” he said.
Meanwhile, class work at DCG and the Ganderbal higher secondary school remained suspended. According to the Ganderbal District Magistrate, class work at the DCG shall remain suspended today as a precautionary measure. Earlier, students had alleged government forces had thrashed many of their colleagues. “Forces resorted to heavy teargas shelling on the students who were just celebrating the Pakistan win and wanted to celebrate it outside the college,” students said.
Meanwhile, SSP Lone said that normal class work at both institutes would resume from Thursday.