Student Protest Teargassed, 50 Hurt

Handwara: At least 50 students were injured in Handwara town during clashes between students and armed forces on Saturday. The clashes broke out after police and CRPF stopped a student march.

According reports, scores of students were injured in the clashes and many of them were shifted for treatment to district Hospital Handwara.

The clashes erupted Saturday forenoon after students took out a protest march from Government Degree College in the town.

However, police tried to disperse the protesters that triggered clashes. Witnesses said that many protesters pelted stones on police and the police fired teargas shells and cane charged the protesters in which dozens of students were injured.

Medical Superintendent District Hospital Handwara Dr. Aijaz said that 50 students, including three girls were admitted in the hospital for treatment.

“Most of the students had fainted due to suffocation caused by tear gas. All the injured are stable and most of them have been discharged from the hospital immediately,” the doctor said.

According to SSP Handawara Ghulam Jeelani Wani, students resorted to “heavy stone pelting” following which police was forced to fire tear smoke shells to disperse the protesting students.

“About a dozen students fainted and received minor bruises,” the SSP said.

Meanwhile protests by students of Government Higher Secondary School took place in Ratnipora, Pulwama in the morning. Witnesses said that students protested within the school premises in which they raised slogans in solidarity with the students of Pulwama college.

A separate report said police rushed to the spot and used teargas shells to disperse the agitating students after which three girl students who got unconscious were shifted to hospital. The clashes between students and police continued for several hours in the area.



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