Students protest against arrests; Police detain 6 more

Six students and three other persons were detained after students protested in Tral township of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Monday against arrest and beating of their colleagues by security forces in the valley for past several weeks.
Students protest against arrests; Police detain 6 more
Photo: Azan/GK

Six students and three other persons were detained after students protested in Tral township of South Kashmir's Pulwama district on Monday against arrest and beating of their colleagues by security forces in the valley for past several weeks. Student protests continued on Monday in various parts of Kashmir against the detention of school and college goers by police for their participation in pro-freedom protests.

Witnesses said that students of Boys Higher Secondary School and Degree College Tral staged pro-freedom protests at Bus Stand Tral.

The students were chanting slogans like "we want freedom; go India go back, jeeve jeeve Pakistan (long live Pakistan)."

A group of protesting students said, "On the first day of Durbar Move, we demand stern action against those who are brutally beating our brothers and arresting them. We are on the streets to show the solidarity with our brothers and sisters who were injured by forces."

Police deployed in the area used tear gas to disperse the protesting students, triggering clashes. The students pelted stones in retaliation.

At least six students were detained by. As per reports, some vehicles also damages during clashes.

Shopkeepers downed their shutters and traffic disappeared from the roads.

Superintendent of police Awantipora, Mohammad Zahid, told Greater Kashmir that the students enforced shutdown at bus stand Tral by hurling stones on shops and passenger vehicles. He said there was no deployment of forces in the area.

"We did not use any tear gas shell and no one was injured. However, we have detained six students and three others to ascertain the cause of violence," he added.

The detained students were lodged in police station Tral.

ZAINAKOTE:

At Zainakote HMT in Srinagar, students from Government Higher Secondary School took to streets and staged protests against the police action on students.

The students assembled in the school campus, staged anti-India protests and took out a protest march out of the campus, blocking traffic movement on Srinagar-Baramulla Highway.

A police party reached the spot and tried to chase the students. The students however resorted to stone pelting on police as well as an army convoy running on the highway. The army personnel resorted to aerial firing to disperse the students, triggering clashes.

Eyewitnesses said police burst tear gas shells on students who responded by stone pelting. However, no report of any injuries was received.

BUDGAM:

Protests erupted in Al Fallah Public School Aripanthan in central Kashmir's Budgam district, where students demanded release of their detained schoolmate.

Locals said a student identified as Sahil Ahmad of sixth standard was detained by police last Thursday during a nocturnal raid in the area.

"Sahil was arrested in place of his elder brother Adil," locals alleged.

However, reports said Sahil was released by police while the protests were going on in the area.

Tensions between students and security forces have witnessed a spike since April 15, when police raided Degree College Pulwama in south Kashmir and thrashed students leaving over 50 injured.

On April 17, another round of student protests across Kashmir saw more than 60 students injured. Authorities shut educational institutions including colleges, universities and schools for a week. But the student anger refuses to die down in Kashmir.

HANDWARA:

Students of Higher Secondary School Qalamabad Langate in district Kupwara Monday morning staged a protest demonstration against the use of force on students across Kashmir for last three weeks.

Locals said the protesting students tried to march towards main chowk Qalamabad but forces restored to heavy tear smoke shelling to disperse the protesting students.

The use of heavy tear smoke shelling triggered clashes between the students and forces in the area.

District administration Kupwara has decided to suspend class work at Government Degree College Handwara, Government Boys and Government Girls HSS on Tuesday 'as a precautionary measure.'

"According to the Deputy Commissioner Kupwara, class work at Government Degree College Handwara, Government Boys Higher Secondary School Handwara and Government Girls Higher Secondary School Handwara shall remain closed on May 9 (Tuesday) as a precautionary measure," an official handout said. 

(WITH GHULAM MUHAMMAD)

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