Anantnag: Police fired teargas and pepper shells inside the campus of Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) on Wednesday after students protested the arrest of a fellow student who is the brother of an active militant.
As per reports, several female students fell unconscious due to the teargas firing. They were shifted to a nearby hospital and later discharged.
The students were protesting against the arrest of Junaid Akhoon of Aragam, Awantipora, a polytechnic student at IUST.
Junaid was arrested on Sunday, as per sources, from his home.
Junaid’s brother Salia Muhammad Akhoon is a militant and police have accused him of being involved in a recent bank robbery at JK Bank branch in Marhama village of Anantnag district.
Students took out a protest march from the varsity campus to the Srinagar-Jammu highway, demanding the release of the incarcerated Junaid.
The students held up placards of “Free Junaid” and raised pro-freedom, anti-India and pro-Pakistan slogans.
“On the one hand the police are enacting a drama of offering the militants to surrender, and on the other hand even the families of militants are being pushed to pick up arms,” the students said.
The agitating students were chased by police back into the campus, after which the police fired multiple teargas and pepper shells inside the campus.
“The teargas made students choke and many girl students fell unconscious,” a source in the university told Kashmir Reader.
The university was closed earlier than usual at about 2 PM. The students were asked to go home by the administration.
Kashmir Reader tried calling SP Awantipora Zahid Malik for his version, but repeated calls went unanswered.