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Clashes erupt between Srinagar students, security forces

Clashes erupt between Srinagar students, security forces”

Among the injured were Senior Superintendent of Police (Srinagar) Imtiyaz Hussain Parray and Superintendent of Police Sheikh Faisal, a police officer said.

This angered the students, and the Kashmir University Students Union, a banned student body, called for protests in all colleges and universities in Kashmir on April 17 condemning the police actions.

The angry students also chanted slogans against Indian rule over the Muslim-majority Himalayan region.

Student protests have become a new challenge for the administration in Kashmir where the law and order situation has gone downhill after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani last summer.

"We have to pick up threads from where Vajpayee has left to move forward, otherwise there remains no chance to see improvement of situation in Kashmir", Mufti said.

He said some students indulged in stone-pelting following which policemen and other security forces used batons to chase them away. They also attacked police vehicles at Regal Chowk with lathies and stones and also the nearby Traffic Police headquarters, the witnesses and the police said. During a review meeting on Friday, divisional commissioner Kashmir Baseer Khan asked principals of various colleges to ensure peaceful atmosphere in their institutions and prevent entry of outsiders.

Students brought down a brick wall inside the college campus and used the bricks to attack security forces.

Police said many students managed to come out of the school and college premises engaging in more intense clashes with the police.

Some students spoke against the stone-pelters, saying they want to study, but some disturbing elemnents are unnecessarily creating chaos.

Rebel groups have been fighting government forces since 1989 and about 70,000 people have been killed in the uprising and subsequent Indian military crackdown.

Police fired live rounds as well as tear gas and water cannon to try to disperse the protesters as shoppers fled the violence and retailers shut down for the day.

In the latest surge of violence in Kashmir, at least eight people were killed on April 9, when Indian paramilitary forces clashed with protesters during a by-election in Srinagar. India and Pakistan have fought two wars over control of Kashmir.

Srinagar, The authorities on Monday ordered opening of universities, colleges and higher secondary schools in Jammu and Kashmir after a week's closure. While over fifty students including females had been injured in Pulwama, about 150 more students and over a couple of dozen security personnel were injured in subsequent incidents elsewhere in the Valley.



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