Srinagar: Students of Ramzan Memorial School Soura and Government Higher Secondary School Soura staged a sit-in-protest on Saturday after a student was arrested from the gate of Ramzan Memorial School.
The students also alleged four more students from Government Higher Secondary school were arrested, however, police denied the allegations.
A number of girl students from the two schools sat in the middle of a road near SKIMS demanding the release of boys.
The protesters said that policemen in civvies arrested 10th standard student of Ramzan Memorial School, identified as Adil Ahmad Kandoo.
“Policeman arrested him right in front of his school gate when he was about to step inside,” a girl student, who claimed to be Adil’s classmate, told Kashmir Reader.
She said Adil is the only brother of seven sisters and one of her sister felt unconscious after she heard the news. Adil’s grandmother who was also the part of the protest said that Adil was innocent.
Another student wishing not to be named alleged that a police party headed by Station House Officer (SHO) arrested four boys belonging Government Boys Higher Secondary School Soura near its entrance. “They came in two big and three small vehicles and picked up four boys randomly,” she said adding that the SHO also beat a few youth with his helmet when they were watching the protest.
Eyewitnesses told Kashmir Reader that soon after Adil’s arrest dozens of youth took to streets and pelted stones on government forces which lead to spontaneous shutdown in Aanchar. They said police used teargas shelling to disperse the youth that attacked them with stones.
In the afternoon a group of over 50 men appeared on the main-road and threw stones at the policemen who were deployed there. Superintendent of Police (SP) Hazratbal, Amod Ashok Nagpori confirmed Amir’s arrest but described the arrest of other boys as mere allegations.
“There are around four to five cases of stone-pelting registered against Amir. He has been involved in stone-pelting cases since 2016,” Nagpori said adding, “Police has video and photographic evidences against Amir.” Nagpori said Amir would be produced in a juvenile court as per Juvenile Act.