Kashmir erupts with student protests

Srinagar: A day after Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra called on educational minister Altaf Bukhari and expressed his concern over student protests, clashes continued unabated across Kashmir Valley on Thursday.

Reports said that student clashes erupted in south Kashmir districts of Pulwama and Anantnag; north Kashmir’s Baramulla and Kupwara district; and central Kashmir’s Srinagar and Budgam.

In Budgam, students of degree college Magam staged a protest demonstration against last month’s police raid on a Pulwama degree college in which at least 50 students were injured. Eyewitnesses said that the police resorted to tear gas shelling to thwart the protest march and lobbed some smoke shells inside the college campus.

Two students are reportedly hit with pellets during clashes in Budgam.

Reports of student protests came from Babadem area of Srinagar where students of MP higher secondary school took to streets to stage a protest demonstration. Eyewitnesses said that police and paramilitary forces fired tear smoke shells to restrict the students inside the campus.

In Anantnag district, reports said, army alleged thrashed some school children after a minor stone pelting incident in Nougam area of Verinag. This triggered clashes and anti-army protests by students in Dooru village of the district.

In Pulwama, reports of student, police clashes came from Rajpora area.

In Baramulla, similar reports came from Iqbal market in Sopore where students of higher secondary school clashed with the government forces.

In Langate area of frontier Kupwara district of north Kashmir, students of the higher secondary school took to streets in solidarity with their counterparts in different districts of the Valley.

Student protests have become the new norm of the resistance movement in Kashmir since April 15 when government forces launched a crackdown on Pulwama degree college students in which more than 50 students were injured.

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