Srinagar: Several students were injured after government forces resorted to tear smoke shelling and pellet firing in Shopian to disperse scores of protesting students of private coaching centres on Thursday.
Local sources said that all the educational institutions in the south Kashmir town are closed since April 1 after 12 militants, 4 civilians and 3 army soldiers were killed in two different gunfights in the district however the private coaching centres remained open.
They said that the students of same coaching centres assembled near the Deputy Commissioner’s residence and started raising slogans against the brutal rape and murder of Kathua girl.
The protesting students also pelted stone on forces who resorted to tear smoke shelling. Witnesses said as the clashes intensified the forces fired pellets on protesters injuring many.
Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Shopian, Dr Abdul Rasheed told Kashmir Reader that they received 14 injured so far among whom two with pellets in their eyes were referred to Srinagar for advanced treatment.