Pulwama incident: Government attaches college principal

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SRINAGAR: In an interesting development, the government has attached principal of state run Degree College in Pulwama and senior most teacher of the college has been asked to take over, informed sources said. The orders were issued by the government later Tuesday afternoon.

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir has been asked to inquire into the happenings in the college that eventually triggered mass student unrest across Kashmir. Entire academic space of Kashmir was disturbed on Monday as students protested against the police raids on Pulwama College on Saturday last. Authorities closed the entire higher education network on Tuesday and extended it by a day for Wednesday too.

Monday exhibited a terrible state of Kashmir as mass youth anger demonstrated out of the campuses. Though police restraint, especially in Srinagar, prevented casualties, seven students including a girl survived with serious injuries and are in hospital.

Tensions started on Saturday afternoon when two police gypsies barged into the college which was taken by students as a possible reaction to the Wednesday events when they had attacked an army vehicle inside the premises. College principal was seen shouting that cops should kill him first and then enter the college, according to a video clip that went viral on the social websites. This, however, did not prevent the crisis as two sides clashed that eventually led to the hospital getting more than 60 injured persons including girls who reported breathlessness.

By Monday morning, the tensions were dominating the entire academic space across Kashmir. Authorities closed schools from ninth standard up to the university level on Tuesday and extended it by a day for Wednesday as well. On Wednesday, student protests were reported from Banihal too.

In this backdrop the cabinet met on Tuesday, without Deputy Chief Minister, and had a discussion on Kashmir situation. It has appealed people for peace and asked parents to prevent their wards from getting into violent situations. A press note issued by the government did not offer any idea about any order being issued in Pulwama case.

Efforts to get details about the follow up action from the Education Minister Altaf Bukhari failed. He did not pick the phone despite repeated efforts.

Attached college principal Abdul Hamid Sheikh was reluctant to talk hen Kashmir Life approached him late tonight. “Ask my superiors in colleges department,” he said, and snapped the phone.

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