Police release detained students, hold counselling sessions

Police release detained students, hold counselling sessions
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Junaid Rather

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Tuesday said that all the students detained during clashes in recent days have been released and handed over to their parents.
“Parents were separately requested to look into the situation at the family level and advise their children not to indulge in violence and to concentrate on studies,” police said in a statement issued to the press.
A top police officer told Kashmir Reader that police have decided to “counsel” students instead of booking them under criminal charges, so that their “career is not spoiled.”
“No case has been registered against the students who were detained by the police,” he said.
The police statement made a mention of the counselling session that they held on Tuesday with students of Government Degree College Anantnag. “Keeping in view their studies and their career, Anantnag Police called their parents, the college principal along with faculty, and held a counselling session in the lawns of DPO Anantnag,” the statement reads.
The statement also mentioned that the school students of Barmaulla higher secondary school (boys) detained during clashes on Monday had all been released. “We released a group of students who were detained earlier in the day for pelting stones and smashing civilian vehicles in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district,” the police said in their statement.
Police officials have earlier said that those pelting stones on government forces are not students but “miscreants”.
A student of Government Degree College Baramulla told Kashmir Reader, requesting that he not be named, that he was asked to report to police station Baramulla on Tuesday.
“I received a phone call on my mobile and was told to report at Baramulla police station,” he said.