Police Cadets Turn Violent In Ganderbal

KL Report

SRINAGAR

Cadets went on a nightlong rampage inside a police training school complex in Ganderbal, smashing the property as well as vehicles on the Srinagar-Leh highway.

Scores of trainees at the Manigam police training school in the northern district went on the nightlong rampage late Wednesday. The violence subsided only Thursday morning.

The trainees shouted slogans against the school principal, alleging moral turpitude, financial corruption and use of abusive language.

The trainees also damaged canteens and window panes at the barracks. They later took to the Srinagar-Leh highway, forcing traffic to halt on the busy route.

Many of the protesters masked their faces with handkerchiefs. On the streets, they snapped the electricity lines, plunging the entire area into darkness.

Many of the trainees had been recruited during the government’s drive especially in old city areas of Srinagar after the 2010 mass uprising.

Police sources said the trainees had been agitating against the delay in their passing out parade.

The nightlong rampage lasted till early Thursday. Senior police officers had a tough time pacifying the trainees.

The hue and cry raised by the trainees at night created panic and fear in the adjacent villages where residents wondered if militants had attacked the police training school.

Police sources told Kashmir Life that the matter was subsided only after the intervention of DIG, central Kashmir, Afad-ul-Mujtaba, who visited the spot late Wednesday.

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