Colleges Remain Closed For 4th Day In Valley

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Srinagar: In view of fresh protests by students, the authorities have announced suspension of teaching work in all Higher Secondary Schools in the Kashmir valley, where colleges remained closed for the past four days following massive student demonstrations, demanding action against security force personnel who raided Degree College in Pulwama last week and thrashed students there.

An official spokesman said here this evening that according to the Divisional Administration Kashmir, teaching work in all the Higher Secondary Institutions of the Kashmir Division shall remain suspended tomorrow (Friday) as a precautionary measure. Several private schools too have decided to close in view of call for protests on Friday by the ‘Resistance’ leadership.

The colleges were closed by the authorities after situation deteriorated on Monday as the students from universities, colleges and schools took to streets to protest against the crackdown on Degree College Pulwama on Saturday (April 15). 

Meanwhile, the students from different schools took to streets on Thursday and held protests amid chants of Kashmir’s freedom.

Eyewitnesses said clashes broke out between the students and the government forces in several areas of the capital city and Central and North Kashmir.

At Safakadal in Srinagar students clashed with riot police after latter disallowed students to carry out their solidarity march.

A police spokesman said that “today miscreants and some students of Government Higher Secondary School Nawakadal pelted stones upon security forces” camp at Braripora Nawakadal in the jurisdiction of Police Station Safakadal.

During this stone pelting one girl namely, Khusboo Jan daughter of Ghulam Mohammad Kuchay, resident of Noorbagh was hit by a stone on her forehead. She was shifted to SMHS Hospital for treatment where her condition is stable so far,” the police spokesman said.

Reports from Kangan in the Ganderbal district said the students of Government Higher Secondary School Hariganiwan took out a protest march from school and marched up to the main market. The students denounced the use of force on them and demanded action against those involved in Pulwama mayhem. Students after registering their protest dispersed peacefully.

Reports said that Army barged into Government Higher Secondary School Chatergul in Kangan area after students protesting against police crackdown on Pulwama college last week allegedly pelted stones on their camp.

Reports said that, some students allegedly pelted stones on an army camp located in the area while in retaliation, the troopers fired several shots in air to chase away the students.Later, the army men allegedly went inside the school and thrashed the students, triggering massive protests. A police official while confirming the incident said that situation was brought under control after the incident.

Eyewitnesses told CNS that a peaceful protest of students of Nadim Memorial Higher Secondary School in Kaloosa Bandipora turned violent when police entered into the premises of the school. Students alleged that police fired tear-smoke shells inside the school premises. “Police entered the school campus and burst several tear smoke and sound shells, triggering clashes,” they said.

Witnesses added that a large number of students later on hit the roads and clashed with police. The students reportedly pelted stones on police while a stone hit a woman’s head during the clashes. The woman was rushed to hospital where her condition was stated to be stable.

 In Goshbugh Pattaan of North Kashmir’s Baramulla district, students from various schools took to roads and staged protests.

In Anantnag in South Kashmir, students of Higher Secondary School Dayalgam staged protest against the arrest of some of the students. They blocked Anantnag-Dayalgam road for hours. The protesting students dispersed only after assurances given to them by ADC Anantnag that all the students will be released without any delay.  The crackdown on Pulwama college last Saturday left over fifty students injured, triggering an unprecedented show of solidarity by students across Kashmir valley.

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