Students clash with forces in Srinagar, 24 hurt

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26 April, 2017

Students clash with security forces in Srinagar's Lal Chowk.

A number of upmarket areas in the heart of Srinagar city virtually turned into a battleground today as students again clashed with security forces and resorted to stone pelting, after colleges reopened in Kashmir following a five-day shutdown ordered by the government.

"Fifteen policemen including the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Srinagar, Imtiyaz Hussain Parray, SP East (Srinagar) Sheikh Faisal, Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Kothibagh, Imran are among the injured policemen", a senior police officer said.

An Indian police man throws stones at protesters supporting students as they clash in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Monday, April 24, 2017. Water canon was used to disperse the mob.

On April 9, the day of polling for Indian elections in Srinagar constituency, massive anti-India protests were staged.

Student protests have become a new challenge for the administration in Kashmir where the law and order situation has gone downhill after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani last summer. "Academics should be their priority", he said, adding that the police exercised extreme restraint in handling the situation. A police control room official said that students had come out on the roads and security forces retaliated to quell the protests.

"Critically injured Dar was immediately rushed to Srinagar for treatment where he succumbed to injuries", said the police official.

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The report suggests that pro-azadi and Islamist slogans were raised by the protesters while the police fired tear gas shells.

They discussed the steps taken to bring back normalcy in the Valley, which has witnessed many protests and stone- pelting incidents in the recent past. Some students were reportedly injured in the clashes. Authorities responded by closing colleges, universities and some high schools for a week, but the protests continued unabated.

Meanwhile, the colleges reopened after a about a week long suspension of teaching work in the Kashmir valley, where students boycotted classes and hit the streets, demanding action against security forces who entered Degree Collegee Pulwama and allegedly thrashed students, including girls on April 17.

The students reacted by hurling stones on the security personnel, triggering clashes.

He was documenting a protest by dozens of Kashmiri students confronting armed Indian government forces wearing riot gear. The two countries have fought three wars over the disputed territory.

While over 50 students, including females, had been injured in Pulwama.


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