About 100 Kashmir students hurt in clash with Indian troops


In Saturday's incident, at least fifty-four students, including girls, were injured during clashes outside Degree College Pulwama, Greater Kashmir reported.

Students in the Kashmir Valley continued protests for the third consecutive day on Wednesday, forcing the authorities to close down all 46 colleges for two more days.

Officials in Pulwama said the government's decision to set up a checkpoint outside the college had angered students and led to clashes, leaving over 50 students injured.

"We were peacefully protesting for what security forces did in Pulwama to our brothers".

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Clashes broke out in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir, after police tried to stop the students from marching toward the city center. College students protesting the use of force against peers of a college in Pulwama district pelted stones at security personnel and had tear gas shells fired back at them.

The statement also took note of militants ransacking the homes of police personnel and threatening their family members that had prompted the Jammu and Kashmir police chief to advise the force personnel to "preferably avoid visiting their homes for the next few months".

They said these educational institutions were closed as a precautionary measure to prevent further protests.

Controversy peaked when a video showing a man tied to an army jeep in Budgam district of central Kashmir on April 9 surfaced when polling was underway for the Srinagar Parliamentary bypoll.

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"AJKSU today held peaceful protests in many places including Kashmir University (KU) and Banihal (on Srinagar-Jammu national highway)". Kashmir witnessed deadly protests after a well-known separatist militant was killed past year. "What is different now is that this case has been documented, thanks to social media", he added.

The Kashmir conflict is at the heart of tension between India and Pakistan.

Rebel groups in Indian Kashmir have for decades battled with troops and police, demanding independence or a merger of the territory with Pakistan.

The CPI on Monday called for restraining the security forces from attacking civilians in Jammu and Kashmir to win the confidence of the people in the state, which has been rattled by a series of fresh clashes.

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