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The nursing students of Sher-e- Kashmir Institute of Medical Science (SKIMS), Soura on Tuesday staged a protest in Srinagar to demand the release of their classmate Muhammad Iqbal who was arrested by the police on Srinagar-Jammu highway on September 13.

The students, holding placards and banners which read: ‘Release Iqbal’, ‘Iqbal is innocent’, ‘Where is the brother of 7 sisters’, assembled at press enclave here and chanted slogans in favour of Iqbal, a resident of central Kashmir’s Budgam district.

The protesting students alleged that Iqbal was arrested on fabricated charges. Iqbal, according to the police, was arrested on September 12 from a truck in which three militants of Jaish-e-Muhammad were travelling before being killed in a gunfight a day later.

Iqbal, a resident of Futlipora village in Pakherpora area of Budgam, last attended his class on September 9, they said. The protesting students also appealed the governor of Jammu and Kashmir for the immediate release of their colleague.

Pertinently, the science students associated with SKIMS have been protesting in Srinagar seeking the release of their classmate.


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