Anantnag: A sports festival organised by the police was sabotaged and the venue vandalised here at Government Degree College (GDC) Anantnag, by students who were enraged at the hoisting of the Indian national flag within their college campus.
The students also sang the Pakistan national anthem and clashed with government troops, after setting ablaze the podium and the hoardings at the venue, which had been erected for an inaugural function scheduled to take place later in the day.
Some top police officials were scheduled to attend the inaugural function.
As per the students and sources in the police, the event, District Sports Festival, had kicked off Wednesday morning and a cricket match was underway when some policemen hoisted the Indian national flag at the podium.
“This infuriated some students who confronted the policemen,” students told Kashmir Reader, adding that the argument escalated into clashes between students and the policemen.
The angry students set ablaze the podium and every other paraphernalia related to the sports festival. Contingents of police and paramilitary CRPF were rushed to the spot and force was used to quell the protests.
Sources told Kashmir Reader that even army men were deployed on the national highway just outside the college gates.
“By late afternoon the clashes were brought under control and the students left for their homes,” sources said, adding that only after all the students had left the campus was an inaugural ceremony held.
SSP Anantnag Altaf Khan told Kashmir Reader that some students had vandalised the venue in the morning.
“The situation has been brought under control and an inaugural ceremony is underway right now, as we speak,” Khan said.
Some senior officials from the district administration also attended the inaugural function.
“The top police officials, however, stayed away from the function, after the arson and vandalism in the college campus,” police sources told Kashmir Reader.