Ganderbal: Intense clashes between students of Government Degree College Ganderbal and government forces on Monday left 12 students and five policemen injured, reports from the area said. A statement issued by police in Ganderbal said that there was “heavy stone-pelting at Government Degree College, Ganderbal, in which a crowd of more than 150 comprising of students of Degree College Ganderbal and outsiders blocked the road leading to Saloora. A police party was rushed to the spot and heavy clashes ensued. During the clashes, an attempt was made on the life of policemen during which 5 policemen sustained injuries… 2 policemen namely Ct Aquib Ali and SPO Rameez Raja were heavily injured.”
The police statement said the situation was brought under control by evening and an FIR against students was registered under Sections 147, 148, 149, 332, 336, 341, 427, 307 of RPC in police station Ganderbal.
Reports said that the college students boycotted their classes to hold protests against the Kathua rape and murder. Raising pro-freedom and anti-India slogans, the students came out of the college and blocked the Ganderbal-Shalbugh road outside the college. The government forces deployed in the area tried to disperse the students, triggering clashes in which students and government forces threw stones at each other. When the students didn’t back down, police resorted to tear smoke shelling. Reports said that 12 students sustained injuries during the clashes.
Meanwhile in Kangan area of the district, students of the government higher secondary school boycotted their classes and took out a protest march towards Degree College Kangan raising pro-freedom, pro-Zakir Musa, and anti-India slogans. When they were reached near Degree College Kangan, they were joined by students of the college and together they blocked the Srinagar-Leh highway for half an hour. Police chased the students away and restored traffic movement on the highway.