Kashmir Valley: Students turn stone-pelters against police, dozens injured in clashes

A spokesman of Kashmir University said all university examinations scheduled for tomorrow have been postponed.

The trouble started when a group of students took out a rally near Sri Pratap (SP) College on Moulana Azad Road in the vicinity of Lal Chowk against the Pulwama incident, leading to clashes between the protesting students and the law enforcing agencies, the officials said.

Students at Kashmir University also boycotted their classwork to stand in solidarity with the injured students.

Protests and clashes also erupted between students in Pulwama town despite the authorities having ordered the closure of the college there for two days following Saturday's incident. Several policemen including SHO of police station Kothi Bagh were also injured, police said.

Police fired tear gas and dozens of students were injured in the protests, which broke out in the main city of Srinagar before spreading to other parts of the Kashmir valley.

"The police at these places exhibited maximum restraint and dispersed the stone pelting mobs of students after using some teargas shells".

Some students were injured while throwing stones and bricks at police who tried chasing them off the roads. Some schools including Delhi Public School at Srinagar had declared holiday on Monday in view of the growing tensions and resentment in the student community against Saturday's incidents in Pulwama.

Meanwhile, Opposition National Conference's working president Omar Abdullah on Monday questioned the handling of students' protests by the Jammu and Kashmir government, led by chief minister Mehbooba Mufti. A couple of video later went viral on the social media showing a student being severely beaten by security personnel on a road and, in another, a group of students-one of them bleeding- being thrashed and forced to chant anti Pakistan and anti separatists slogans inside a security force vehicle. Barring a few places places, police have used force nearly everywhere.

The police had claimed that a normal naka had been established around 200 meters away from the college premises. "To handle the stone pelting reinforcement was rushed to the spot".

Injured students had to be transported to a hospital in Srinagar for specialised treatment. More than 65 students were injured in that college on Saturday.

A petrol bomb was hurled at a CRPF party in Rainawari area at Srinagar but no one was hurt, police said.

The FIR has been registered under sections 342, 149, 506 and 367 of Ranbir Penal Code against unidentified Army personnel and investigation taken up, a police official said.