Students Take to Streets

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Srinagar: Students from Government College for Women came out of college chanting pro-Azadi slogans and clashed with riot police.

As the students were intercepted by the government forces near Regal Crossing clashes erupted between the two sides. Students fought brief battle with the police prompting shopkeepers to down their shutters.

Police reportedly detained  number of students near Regal Chowk.

At least three students were injured when Police fired tear-smoke shells to disperse protesters outside AS College in Gogjibagh area of Srinagar. Students were protesting the killing of Lashkar commander Abu Dujana.

Students at Kashmir University also held a protest and chanted slogans in favour of Abu Dujana. A large number of students marched through the Varsity campus and raised pro-freedom slogans. The protest march culminated peacefully.

Students at Central Kashmir’s Budgam district clashed with government forces after they hit the roads and pelted stones on the police after they came their way. Witnesses said that students from both Boys and Girls Higher Secondary Schools clashed with police while in retaliation police fired tear-smoke shells to dissipate them.

Reports from Palhalan area of Pattan Baramulla said that protesters pelted stones on the moving vehicles on Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road. The protesters amid pro-freedom slogans tried to disrupt vehicular movement; however, police swung into action and fired tear-smoke shells to disperse them.

At SSM College of Engineering in Parihaspora, Pattan, students boycotted the classes and offered funeral prayers in absentia for Abu Dujana and Arif Lelhari. College authorities said that sensing trouble they ordered the closure of the Institution.

Students clashes with government forces in Handwara area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district. All shops were closed in the town as clashes erupted soon after the news spread. Reports said that students hit the roads and resorted to stone-pelting amid pro-freedom and anti-India slogans.

Reports from Sumbal area of District Bandipora said that Army personnel from Duck Farm camp dragged students out from a passenger bus and thrashed them. An official said that students, earlier hurled stones on the army camp as a result army chased them away. The video showing army men dragging students out from passenger bus and thrashing them went viral inviting condemnation from netizens.

Protests were also staged at Government Degree College Kulgam on Tuesday against the killing of Abu Dujana in an encounter with government forces.

Reports said that hundreds of students boycotted their classes and staged protests.

They were shouting slogans in favour of Abu Dujana.

Meanwhile, According to the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir all the colleges and schools of Kashmir valley shall remain closed on August, 02 2017 as a precautionary measure.

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