SRINAGAR People, especially students, rallied across Kashmir on Tuesday with demonstrators calling for death to the guilty in gruesome rape of three year old child in Malikpora Sumbal. The protests continued despite a slew of stringent measures, including the closure of various colleges by the government and restrictions in parts of the old city.
Reports said students of Women’s College, Maulana Azad Road here came out of their classes and assembled in the campus. Later they marched towards the Press Enclave, demanding stern action against the guilty.
Students also took out protest marches at Degree College at Bemina and Amar Singh College in Gogji Bagh areas here.
The students at Amar Singh College clashed with government forces near Tagore Hall and Gonikhan. The students dispersed momentarily and again clashed with the government forces. Clashes however remained confined to near the campus, police said.
Protests were also reported from Kashmir University in Hazratbal area of the city where hundreds of students of different departments assembled inside the campus to register their protest against the gruesome incident.
Students from different schools of the city were also seen marching on the streets chanting slogans like “We Want Justice”.
Groups of students, lawyers and various NGOs also held protests at the Press Enclave here, demanding exemplary punishment to the accused.
Reports said that during the intervening night of May 12 and 13 unknown persons tried to set ablaze Sa’adi Memorial Public School at Bon Zanigam Beerwah due to which minor damage occurred to the office of the school.
Reports said that students hailing from Kargil started protest at Press colony Srinagar against rape incident and demanded stern action against the guilty.
Students of Degree College Kangan in Ganderbal district also staged a protest demonstration, demanding justice to the minor girl.
Apprehending law and order problems, several educational institutions were closed by respective district authorities across the valley on Tuesday as a precautionary measure.
In Baramulla district, all schools in tehsil Pattan and Singhpora were shut, while Degree College and higher secondary schools in Baramulla and Sopore towns also remained closed, they said.
All government educational institutions including schools and colleges of tehsil Sonawari in Bandipora district also remained closed while Government Degree College Ganderbal, Government girls and boys higher secondary schools in Ganderbal town were also closed.
Class work also remained suspended at Government Degree Colleges and Higher Secondary Schools in Anantnag and Bijbhera towns of district Anantnag, according to reports.
The authorities also ordered suspension of class work in Govt Degree College Shopian and in the Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST), the officials said.
Governor Satya Pal Malik and Advisor Vijay Kumar have already directed the special investigation team to complete the investigation on fast track basis so that the culprit is brought to justice.
He directed the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir and IG Police to personally monitor the investigation.
A separate inquiry has also been ordered to check the veracity of the age of the accused and ascertain the veracity of the age certificate issued.
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