Tear Gas Shelling at Para-medical Students

Students protesting against alleged police harassment at Para medical Institute,  Lawaypora. Photo Muhammad Sabit
Students protesting against alleged police harassment outside Para medical Institute, Lawaypora. Photo Muhammad Sabit

KL Report

SRINAGAR

A group of paramedical students today protested at Press enclave Lal-chowk against police for alleged misbehaving with some of the female students.

The students, mostly girls, alleged that policemen fired tear gas shells outside Tahira Khannam’s Para medical Institute at Lawaypora.
The second year students studying para-medical courses had to appear in their final exams today but the exams got postponed and students allege that they were not informed on time.

But the authorities of the College have a different explanation. Mushtaq Ahmed, Personal Secretary to the Principal of Tahira Khannam’s says the state’s medical council had published it in many daily newspapers in Jammu as well as Kashmir. The exams are conducted by the State Medical council which is presently based in Jammu.

The students without sharing their names said that their exams have been postponed since March 2013. “The course which had to get completed in 18 months took us three years already and still we are yet to appear in our second year’s exams,” says a student.
She added, “For past six months our exams, for one or the other reason, are being postponed but today they crossed their limit. They called the police who misbehaved with us, abused us and fired tear gas shells.”

But Mushtaq says “the college was taken over by the Jammu and Kashmir Services Selection Recruitment Board (JKSSRB) today as they had to conduct an exam today, all the faculty and authorities were on holiday. We are not aware of any students protesting or police misbehaving with them.”

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