IUST faculty, students protest against civilian killings

IUST faculty, students protest against civilian killings
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ANANTNAG: Faculty and students of the Islamic University of Science and Technology in Awantipora held peaceful protests on Wednesday against the recurrent civilian killings by government forces during the past couple of months.
As the university reopened after a few days on Wednesday following a Valley-wide shutdown, students assembled in the university premises to register their protest against the civilian killings.
The students carrying banners and placards tried to march towards the main road, but the university administration, including the Vice Chancellor, managed to restrict them to the campus to avoid any confrontation with the government forces.
The students shouted pro-freedom, anti-India and pro-Pakistan slogans as a mark of protest against the killings.
Following the protests, the students held funeral prayers in absentia for the slain civilians and militants.
Later in the day, the university faculty also held peaceful protests within the campus.
The faculty members held banners with ‘Kashmiri blood is not cheap’ and ‘Stop civilian killings’ written on them.
The faculty members called for a peaceful resolution of the long-pending Kashmir issue and an end to bloodshed in the Valley. Minutes after the faculty dispersed, the students assembled again and resumed their protest.
Sensing that the students might venture outside the campus again, the administration called it a day early.
Sources in the university told Kashmir Reader that by 3:30 pm all the university buses had left the campus.
Protesting students were also made to leave by the administration.
Meanwhile, Pulwama and Shopian districts in South Kashmir also observed a complete shutdown on Wenesday despite the Hurriyat Conference calling for an end to the strike call.
There were no reports of clashes in the area till this report was being filed.
Similarly, students in Central University also took out a march to protest against the killings.