Students stage demo in Srinagar to demand release of Handwara girl

Students stage demo in Srinagar to demand release of Handwara girl

The girl was taken into “preventive custody” after alleged molestation by a soldier triggered protests at Handwara town, 80 kms from here.

Scores of students today staged a demonstration here demanding release of the girl who is at the centre of the Handwara molestation row in which five civilians were killed in police and army action.

Carrying placards, the students staged the protest at Press Enclave in the heart of the city this afternoon alleging that the girl had been "illegally" detained along with her family members.

"We demand the immediate release of the girl and her family members from police custody and their unhindered access to legal help," Essar Batool, a girl student, told reporters.

The girl was taken into “preventive custody” after alleged molestation by a soldier triggered protests at Handwara town, 80 kms from here.

Three persons including a woman were shot dead by army after it opened fire on protesters in Handwara town last week.