Fresh Clashes Erupt In City, Scores Injured

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Srinagar: At least 20 persons, including 12 security personnel, three of them officers, were injured in clashes in summer capital, Srinagar, where colleges opened after about a week.

A police spokesman said three officers were among 12 security and police personnel injured in the stone pelting by students in the city, where normal life came to halt in the civil lines after the clashes.

He said this evening that as colleges reopened in the valley, students were attending classes normally today in S P School and in Women’s College at Moulana Azad (MA) Road Srinagar.

However, just after about an hour of class work,  some miscreants from different places entered in the premises of school and created disturbances.

He said the miscreants along with some students blocked M A road because of which hundreds of vehicles got stranded on this ever busy road and adjacent chowks.

The Police and security forces personnel reached the spot, he said adding the demonstrators pelted stones due to which many police and security forces personnel were injured.

The stone pelting created panic in the area after which many shopkeepers closed their shops. Some vehicles were damaged. The miscreants and the students pelted stones on Traffic Headquarters and attacked police vehicles with stones clubs and lathies, he said.

The police showed utmost restraint, spokesman said adding twelve personnel including three officers were injured in the stone pelting. Some boys involved in stone pelting were caught on the spot and detained by Police.

Police has requested parents to advise their wards not to indulge in stone pelting and other such activities which create disorder in the schools and on the roads.

Spokesman claimed that there was no aerial firing as was reported by some groups on social networking sites and web portals. This is factually incorrect.

Students from three adjacent educational institutes protested when colleges reopened after remaining closed for about a week. Several students were arrested during the clashes.

The protesting students were later joined by students from Government Women’s College, who took to streets on MA Road, demanding action against the security forces, who entered the Degree College, Pulwama on April 17.

The students from Women’s College were not initially allowed outside the college premises, but they managed to open the main gate of their institute and blocked traffic on busy M A Road.

Meanwhile, chaos descended on the busy Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of Srinagar, and adjoining areas, where shopkeepers closed shutters and traffic went off the road. The authorities had suspended teaching work in colleges after students’ boycotted classes and hit streets, demanding action against the security forces involved in entering Pulwama college on April 17.

Situation in other institutions in the valley, including Pulwama degree college was normal.

Outsiders Will Be Dealt With Sternly: Edu Min

Education Minister, Syed Altaf Bukhari, Monday said students in Kashmir attended their classes, barring one single incident of protest outside SP Higher Secondary School which erupted after a group of outsiders entered into the school through Chinar Bagh and provoked the students.

 “We have taken a strong note of outsiders disrupting academic activities in educational institutes. These outsiders will be identified and action will be taken against them,” the minister said, adding the students must cooperate to nab these outsiders.

Bukhari said the to prevent outsiders from entering into educational institutes, police and security forces will be deploy on the Bund side of SP college to keep eye on those who try to disrupt academic atmosphere in schools and colleges.

The minister appealed the students to bring their identity cards with them and help the authorities in identifying the miscreants who are sabotaging their education.

Student Protests An Eye-Opener: Qazi Yasir

 

The Chairman of Ummat e Islami Jammu Kashmir and Mirwaiz South Kashmir, Qazi Ahmed Yasir, on Monday condemned the use of force against the protesting students in Srinagar and said that Kashmiris have been left with no choice but to come on roads as government is keen to crush every space of dissent.

 

He said that today’s protest by students in Srinagar was a spontaneous activity without being led by any leader or political group.

 

“Student organizations had called for resuming class work but these students still came out on roads against the brutal actions of the government forces. It should be an eye-opener that Kashmir is leading towards an intense civilian uprising which could also be a leaderless movement.”

 

He said: “It is high time for India to start a serious dialogue process and let Kashmiris have their basic right to self determination. Kashmir is at a point where no one can compromise, because youth of Kashmir are highly politically conscious about their future and they don’t want to live in status quo.

 

Mirwaiz Qazi Yasir condemned police actions against the students in Pulwama Degree College and various other colleges of the Valley.

 

He said that using same tactics of force and oppression against students also is not going to change their hearts or minds.

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