Pulwama Impact: Student protests escalate to Sopore, Shopian, Pattan, Ganderbal, KU

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SRINAGAR: Protests against the Pulwama raids by police have escalated to other towns outside Srinagar. While Srinagar police is battling students in SP College, reports about similar protests came from Shopian, Sopore, Pattan, Gaderbal and now from Kashmir University. Barring a few places places, police have used force almost everywhere.

While protesting against the Pulwama raids by police, more than 1000 students of Degree College Sopore and State run Higher Secondary School assembled in the college premises. They later moved out of the college as well.

(This photo by abu Bakar shows the student protest in Sopore)

As the police sealed the college exits, the students started demonstrating within the premises. Since the college is just a wall away from the police headquarters, they started pelting stones on it. It triggered clashes between the two sides. Police used tear smoke shells and various students are reportedly injured.

(Tear smoke shelling in Sopore: KL Image by abu Bakar)

Kashmir Life reporter on the spot said one person Peerzada Wasim was injured. He is a freelancer reporter.

Police sources said the situation is tense but is under control. “We saved the situation. Now the students are going home,” SP Sopore Harmit Singh said.

(Those were the days, former Education Minister Naeem Akhter getting guard of honour from NCC cadets in Sopore College)

Students across Kashmir are restive over the daring police raids on the Pulwama College. More than 65 students were injured in that college on Saturday. Interestingly, no investigations have been launched in the Pulwama raids.

Reports said dozen odd students are injured in the SP College Srinagar where intense clashes are going on. Students from Women’s College have also entered the SP College and the situation is reported to be grim. The police are using tear smoke, stunt grenades and PAVA shells. Police is getting into the classes.

A magistrate on duty is reported to have told police to offer some passage to the students to move out which will pave way for some normalcy.

(This road leads to SP College: a KL Image  by Mehraj Bhat)

Reports from Shopian said the police fired projectiles into the college premises at a time when the students were assembling to protest. “We had not moved out that they started shelling us,” one students rang up Kashmir Life and told in a choked, coughing voice. “They are pushing us to the wall.”

In Ganderbal and Pattan, reports said the students were protesting within the college premises only. There was no report of any user of force by the police though the police is deployed around.

Just now, reports said students of Kashmir University have came out in a procession. It was within the premises so far. Colleges in Bejebehara and Khanabal are also on boil.

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