Srinagar killings set off protests in south Kashmir’s Islamic University

Irshad Khan

Srinagar: Violent protests have erupted at the Islamic University of science and technology (IUST) campus in south Kashmir’s Pulwama against the killing of three alleged militants in an encounter in this capital city.

Witnesses told Kashmir Reader that scores of students staged a demonstration this morning when news spread in the campus that three alleged militants have been killed by government forces in an encounter in Srinagar’s Fateh Kadal locality.

Chanting slogans, the protesting students assembled on the highway. However, the government forces deployed there resorted to baton charge and fired tear gas canisters.

“This led to the outbreak of fierce clashes. Many students are holed up inside the campus due to ongoing clashes,” witnesses said.

Meanwhile, in-charge PRO, IUST Dr Aijaz Qureshi told Kashmir Reader that certain elements held a protest and clashed with forces outside the campus.

“We are looking for a safe passage for the students stranded at the campus,” he said.