Education Minister intervenes, 12 students released in Sopore

The minister for education, Syed Muhammad Altaf Bukhari, has intervened for release of arrested students of various schools and colleges who were detained by police for their participation in protests.
Education Minister intervenes, 12 students released in Sopore
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The minister for education, Syed Muhammad Altaf Bukhari, has intervened for release of arrested students of various schools and colleges who were detained by police for their participation in protests.

Police on Monday released 12 students who were arrested during protests in Sopore last week.

"I have intervened and asked the police authorities to release the students from police custody after proper counseling," minister for education said.

Station Head Officer (SHO) Sopore said they have released several students who were arrested recently.

"Most of them were college students and we called their parents as well as college authorities who assured us that these students will not participate in protests or stone pelting in future," SHO Sopore said.

He said the students were released after proper counseling.

The development comes a day after Education Minister attempted to reach out to the student community by asking them to contact him directly to "end the crisis." He had also assured that he would get all the arrested students released.

The minister had asked the students to contact him on his mobile number 9419043087 or email id: altafbukhari@amirakadal.com.

"I received over 300 calls in one day from the students of various districts including Budgam, Pulwama and many other parts. They talked to me and shared their grievances," Bukhari said.

The minister said matter has been taken with JK Police in Pulwama for release of arrested students.

"I have asked the concerned police authorities to call the parents and school/college authorities of students and release them after proper counseling," Bukhari said.

He reiterated that all the students will be released from police custody after being counseled that they won't hit streets and resort to stone pelting.

"Let the students protest inside their respective institutions if they have any grievances. It is their right to protest in their campuses. But once they hit streets, it becomes a law and order problem and they become victim of police action," he said.

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

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

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