Students protest in Anantnag after soldiers thrash school bus driver

Students protest in Anantnag after soldiers thrash school bus driver

10th class student injured in shelling

Anantnag: Local residents and students of Shemford Futuristic School in Wanpoh area of Anantnag hit the Srinagar-Jammu highway on Thursday and clashed with government forces after one of their school bus drivers was allegedly thrashed by the army.
A Class X student was grievously injured during the clashes after being hit by a sound shell on his head.
The army also fired several rounds in the air to disperse the ever-swelling crowd of protestors who blocked the Srinagar-Jammu highway for a while.
According to the school administration and local sources, Nazir Ahmad, a driver employed by the school, driving bus number JK03 C-9886, entered into an altercation with army soldier after the bus he was driving was hit by an armoured army vehicle.
“He was severely beaten by army personnel and was picked up, badly injured, by locals, who rushed him to hospital,” a local source told Kashmir Reader, adding that the army action sparked immediate local protest.
As the news reached the school, its senior students also joined the protestors.
“The driver was beaten very badly, and, hearing the news, some of our students joined the protests as well,” school Chairman Parvez Ahmad told Kashmir Reader.
As students and locals blocked the highway and raised anti-Army slogans, the Army resorted to aerial firing in a bid to disperse the protestors.
“Unable to quell the protests, the police and paramilitary were called in, and they used shelling and baton charge to clear the national highway,” sources said.
During the shelling, a student was badly injured after a sound shell hit his head.
The student has been identified as Sheikh Sheezan Zahoor of Qazigund.
“We are at the Anantnag district hospital right now. Both the driver and the student are stable, but the injuries are bad enough,” the Chairman told Kashmir Reader.
The Army meanwhile has denied the allegations.
“No Army man has manhandled the driver,” Defense spokesperson Rajesh Kalia told Kashmir Reader.


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