Bandipora Students Protest ‘Unruly’ College Principal, ‘Intervention’ of Army

KL NEWS NETWORK

SRINAGAR

Police resorted to tear-gas shelling to disperse the hundreds of protesting college students who took to streets against the ‘unruly’ behaviour of College Principal and ‘unnecessary’ intervention of Indian Army in North Kashmir’s Bandipora district.

Eyewitnesses told CNS that that hundreds of male and female students from Degree College Bandipora Monday staged a massive protest at Nowpora Chowk of Bandipora district alleging that College Principal has been giving a free hand to a local army unit to organize functions in the Colleges on daily basis, thus affecting the class work of the students.

Amid anti-College Principal slogans, the students demanded his immediate suspension and also appealed Education Minister to ask Indian Army not to intervene into the affairs of the College on daily basis. “The college principal abuses us and he doesn’t have good etiquettes. He has given a free hand to local army unit who organizes functions in the college on daily basis. As we are protesting here one of the army official and his colleagues are still present in the College enjoying tea with the Principal. We can’t tolerate the unnecessary intervention of the army. The ‘haughty and uncivilized’ Principal has created a mess in the College,” the protesting students during the protest said.

The students blocked blocked Bandipora – Sopore road in Nowpora area prompting police to swing into action. Reports said that to disperse the agitating students and clear the road for the vehicular movement, police burst dozens of tear-smoke shells, creating panic among students. Many students, mostly female ones, who ran helter – skelter were injured during the melee.

Attempts to seek comments from the Principal Degree College Bandipora, Reyaz Ahmed Qureshi did not materialize as he didn’t pick up the phone.

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