Srinagar: At least 50 students were injured in Handwara town during clashes between students and police forces after protests by the latter on Saturday forenoon, a local news agency KNS reported.

Scores of students were injured in the clashes and many of them were shifted for treatment to district Hospital Handwara, the report said.

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

However, police tried to disperse the protesters that triggered clashes, the report said.

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, the report added.

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

“Most of the students had fainted due to suffocation caused by tear smoke shells.

All the injured are stable and most of them have been discharged from the hospital immediately,” the report quoted Dr Aijaz as saying.

“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 report quoted the SSP Handawara Ghulam Jeelani Wani as saying.

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