Massive clashes erupted in Pulwama town of south Kashmir on Monday after police used tear gas to break up a demonstration of students.
Witnesses said that students of MM higher secondary school Pulwama staged a protest in the institute premises against the arrest of their colleagues by police some days ago.
The students marched up to the degree college where students of the college also joined them.
The students later marched to main town and protested near police station. The protesters were demanding release of their colleagues who were detained by police in the last week following protests in Pulwama College on April 15 against the entry of an army vehicle in the college premises a day before.
Police tried to break the demonstration but the students continued protests, triggering massive clashes. The exchange of shelling and stone pelting took place in most part of the town which led to shutdown while the traffic went off the roads.
At least three students sustained minor injuries in the clashes.
"The students protested and pelted stones on forces triggering clashes which ended after some time," SSP Pulwama Rayees Bhat said.