School Bus Driver Thrashed, Students Protest

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Kulgam—A group of Army men allegedly thrashed a school driver and resorted to aerial firing after he entered into bus an argument with them in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district.

Witnesses said that an army vehicle hit a private school bus at Wanpou village leading to an heated argument between the drivers of the two vehicles.

Infuriated by the argument, the army men came down of their vehicle and caught hold of the school bus driver, whom locals identified as Nazir Ahmed, and beat him to pulp. The army action sparked a spontaneous protest in the area, media reports said.

Reports said that the driver was admitted in the hospital for treatment.

Shortly after the incidents, the students of the school came out and raised anti-India and anti-Army slogans.

Witnesses said that in order to disperse the protesting students who demanded action against the soldiers responsible for lawlessness, the government forces resorted to aerial firing and lobbed tear-smoke shells.

Couple of students recieved injuries. According to reports a Class 10th student, whom school authorities identified as Sheezan Ahmed was injured due to tear-smoke shell and received at least 7 stitches in his head.

The incident disrupted the vehicular movement on the road.

When contacted, Srinagar based Defense Spokesperson Colonel Rajesh Kalia said that he will check the facts and will react on the matter

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