Kashmir: Students hit streets across Valley

Officials said that the call for Monday’s protest was given by a little-known students’ body, Kashmir University Students Union (KUSU).

Written by Bashaarat Masood , UBEER NAQUSHBANDI | Srinagar | Updated: April 18, 2017 8:28 am
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MORE THAN 60 students, including girls, from schools and colleges in the Valley were injured in clashes with police and paramilitary forces after hundreds took to the streets to protest against a crackdown at a Pulwama college two days ago. Taken by surprise, the J&K government decided to close down all schools and colleges in the Valley on Tuesday, except for primary schools. Police fired pellets, tear smoke shells and pepper grenades to quell the protests as students, many in school uniforms, protested from Kupwara to Sopore and Srinagar to Kulgam against the police action on students of the Pulwama government college in which 50 students were injured.

Officials said that the call for Monday’s protest was given by a little-known students’ body, Kashmir University Students Union (KUSU).

“As a precautionary measure, the divisional administration has decided to close higher secondary schools, colleges and universities on Tuesday. The lower schools, however, would remain open. We will see how it turns out tomorrow and take a decision. If everything goes well, they will open on Wednesday or will remain closed for another day,” J-K’s Education Minister Altaf Bukhari told The Indian Express.

In Srinagar, hundreds of students from S P College and Government Women’s College raised pro-freedom and anti-India slogans, and blocked the main M A Road to protest against the Pulwama action. Police used water cannons and fired tear-gas shells to disperse the protesters, triggering clashes in which at least seven students and a policeman were injured.

“We were protesting inside the college. But when police started firing tear-gas at the boys from S P College outside, we came out on the road,” said a student of the women’s college. “When we neared S P College, they fired tear-gas shells at us. We didn’t have stones in our hands, we were protesting peacefully. But the policemen misbehaved with us and abused us,” she alleged.

In Sopore, too, hundreds of boys and girls took to the streets, raising pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. Police started firing tear-gas shells after the protesters started pelting stones at a CRPF camp in the town, forcing shopkeepers to down their shutters. Several students were injured, said officials.

Students of Baramulla Degree College also staged protests, with police firing tear-gas shells to disperse them, resulting in injuries to several protesters.

In north Kashmir, the students protested in Bandipore, Pattan, Handwara and Kupwara. In the frontier district of Kupwara, around 20 students were injured when police tried to prevent them from marching on the streets.

In south Kashmir, 32 students, including three girls, were injured in Kulgam when police fired tear-gas shells to prevent them from taking out a march. The protesting students also threw stones at police. “We received 32 injured students,” said an official at the district hospital in Kulgam.

The students also took staged protests in Tral, Anantnag, Pulwama and Shopian. Four students were injured in clashes with police in Shopian and three in Ganderbal.

A large number of students staged peaceful protests at Kashmir University in Srinagar, Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) in Awantipora and Central University of Kashmir in Srinagar.

The protests were triggered by an incident at the Pulwama Degree College on April 15, when students clashed with police personnel who had entered the college premises, leading to injuries to dozens of students.

Abdul Hameed, the college principal, said he received a call from an Army officer at a local camp on April 12. “He told me that the Army wanted to conduct a seminar in the college. I told him that I will consult my colleagues and officials in the Higher Education department and get back,” he said.

“We were discussing the issue in a staff meeting when I heard a commotion outside. We went out and saw a Casspir armoured vehicle. It was the Army officer. But as soon as the vehicle crossed the gate, the students thought the Army had launched a raid and started pelting stones. If I knew the officer was coming or if he had come in a jeep, I don’t think this situation would have arisen. The Army exhibited restraint and reversed the Casspir slowly and left,” said Hameed.

The principal said the situation became “normal” after he spoke to the students. “I spoke to the officer and apologised for the incident,’’ he said.

The day of the crackdown began “normally”, he said, as students arrived following a two-day break. “A few hours later, I heard a commotion and ran out to find that a few police jeeps (Rakshaks) had entered the campus. The students were throwing stones at them. I pleaded with police to leave because the situation was getting out of control. They (police) started firing tear-gas shells and dozens of students were injured,” said Hameed.

A student of the college said, “The police have a permanent naka, a few hundred metres ahead of the college gate. That day, police moved the naka to the front of the gate. A few students threw stones at them. Soon, the SHO of Pulwama entered the premises to arrest the students. More vehicles arrived, and that is when the students started throwing stones.”

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First Published on: April 18, 2017 4:40 am
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    mklburg
    Apr 19, 2017 at 5:05 am
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      mklburg
      Apr 19, 2017 at 5:03 am
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        Mashal Khan
        Apr 19, 2017 at 9:20 am
        Confucius is not a prophet. Peace was not upon him. It is not a religion!
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        kempu
        Apr 19, 2017 at 2:40 am
        It is becoming clear day by day that the students & youth in Kashmir are rejecting PM Modi's misleading choice -- "tourism or terrorism". They are choosing 'azadi' & 'Kashmiriyat' These youths should join hands with secular forces in the rest of India.
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          CClements
          Apr 18, 2017 at 7:54 pm
          It is coming to the point of no return and the government must take a strong stand. Implement Martial Law and revoke A370. The laxity of the government is only giving encouragement. Time to let the army loose to bring the situation under control.
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            Rakesh Pandit
            Apr 18, 2017 at 3:30 pm
            What more can one expect from a medivel tribe of muslims who know only to destroy, p er and kill? See Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Saudi, Iran, Nigeria, Soma.iya, Egypt, Iraq, stan etc etc muslim countries. They keep killing each other since centuries !!! Same ugly muslim genes in Kashmir is now waking up. Its best to destroy them before its late. The tribe is unfit to live in a civilised society. We have to destroy it fast....
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              Subhadra
              Apr 18, 2017 at 2:48 pm
              Its not Pak, Its China
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                NKSA
                Apr 18, 2017 at 2:38 pm
                These are brainless Zombies or brainwashed jihadis. How can action against murderous stone peltors bother them unless they too are one of them or supporters.
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                  Amrita
                  Apr 18, 2017 at 2:06 pm
                  Do these students wish to study or throw stones at the forces with increasingly grave consequences.They already know the position of the army. The armed forces will protect themselves at some point. They should realize they are being used by politicians and anti national forces. At the end of the day what would they have in terms of education?
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                    Jyoti Prakash
                    Apr 18, 2017 at 1:55 pm
                    Need to tackle them just the way Sri Lanka tackled the LTTE.
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                      umesh
                      Apr 18, 2017 at 1:16 pm
                      The innocent Kashmiri students are playing into the hands of stan and now Chinese. Unknowingly, they are destroying their own future and that of the forthcoming generations'. There was no violence in the valley till 1980, all of a sudden where from these Azadi word cropped up into the Kashmiri people? The Kashmiri people do not understand that the seperatists wing and the terror fraction from across the border wanted to weaken India, their only motto, because stan cannot match up with India's status, either economically or otherwise. Thus, they want to bring down India to their status.. so simple. The sooner the Kashmiri students understand what is better for them, the better for them. Suppose imagine, even if the Kashmir has become a part of stan, they will be having the same status as that of PoK or Baluchistan. I can only sympathize for the Kasimiri people whee they fight a never ending war and destroying the future of themselves.
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                        NKSA
                        Apr 18, 2017 at 2:40 pm
                        These are not innocent Kashmiri students. This is information age and they now everything. they are waging war as part of jihad against india. some of overground and some are underground activists. Time will soon reach a flashpoint when action need to be taken like how LTTE was crushed in srilanka.
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                        raghav
                        Apr 18, 2017 at 1:03 pm
                        those bas.tards on the street! We will not tolerate a single drop of bloodshed from our Army for those love days.
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                          yash sehgal
                          Apr 18, 2017 at 12:04 pm
                          Mix pigs blood in water n spray it with water canon over stone pelters ... No death, no injury n these mussie stone pelters will all run away.. Wat a nice idea Sirji..
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                            Yadoo
                            Apr 18, 2017 at 2:05 pm
                            Brilliant! :)
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                            Bhadrapati Devi
                            Apr 18, 2017 at 12:02 pm
                            Why the KUSU is supporting separatist camp? The matter may be resolved through political talk rather than military resolve through coerce. If political resolution with the Kashmir must take indigenous Kashmir Pundit are an important stake holders for the talk.
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                              romi
                              Apr 18, 2017 at 11:25 am
                              RR VHP shiv sena time to take on these stone pelters what are you people waiting for ???
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                                mumbai
                                Apr 18, 2017 at 11:36 am
                                this is good decision take them to kashmir.
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                                  Vikrant
                                  Apr 18, 2017 at 1:10 pm
                                  Dont cry later on when they start acting... will you have guts to take on the so called sickular media and paid human rights activists and spineless award wapasi gang? If you dont have guts then dont challenge others
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                                    NKSA
                                    Apr 18, 2017 at 2:42 pm
                                    crooks like you are the first one to be shot. given free hand to our security forces, 24hrs is enough to eliminate all jihadis and their supporters like you
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                                      mumbai
                                      Apr 18, 2017 at 3:02 pm
                                      he he he simply playing with mouth work. we want action.
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                                    RANA
                                    Apr 18, 2017 at 11:24 am
                                    Every year during winter these Kashmiris set up shop across north indian cities selling woollen clothes.... i don't know why but next year i think some of those shops are going to catch fire due to short circuit
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                                      romi
                                      Apr 18, 2017 at 11:13 am
                                      what are these so called RSS VHP Shiv sena activites doing why not send yr people to deal with these stone pelters Is it the job of security people
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                                        Tauseef Rasheed
                                        Apr 18, 2017 at 11:10 am
                                        The situation in kashmir is getting out of hand with every p ing day. The Indian government need to tackle the situation in a diplomatic way. killing innocent young kashmiris will not end the violence cycle as it requires patience and maturity to handle this crisis. India needs to negotiate on the basis of give and take otherwise the violence and killing will go on for kashmiris and Indian security forces for long time.
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                                          yash sehgal
                                          Apr 18, 2017 at 11:28 am
                                          Negotiate..?? With whom?? With the beggar of the world porkistan..!!?? Forget u half cut porki. dia is never ever so week to " negotiate" with a banana epublic whom it has defeated four times ( 1947, 1965,1971 n 1999) n ruptured its a into two halves n wait further..it is going to do the same when Baluchistan n Baltustan will get independence n POK will be merged into indian kashmir...wait n watch with patience
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                                            Suham
                                            Apr 18, 2017 at 11:49 am
                                            Yash dont be excited and dont be fooled man both countries equipped with Nuclear so dont under estimate the enemy. For Kashmir sure what Tauseef said is true GOI have to sort out issues.
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                                              Aadis
                                              Apr 18, 2017 at 12:04 pm
                                              Yash, don't display your culture here !
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                                                Rakesh Pandit
                                                Apr 18, 2017 at 3:34 pm
                                                I agree with Yash. Tausif, suham etc are favouring kashmiri because they are muslims. Miya, long back we stopped liking you and trusting you. So keep your advise under your as...
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                                                Rakesh Pandit
                                                Apr 18, 2017 at 3:36 pm
                                                Let govt make sure its security casualty is minimal. Anti Indian kadhmiri muslims have to dead like dogs.
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                                                Naren
                                                Apr 18, 2017 at 11:09 am
                                                And IE- if you have to modify our comment. Please shut off the comment section ,,ll,,
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                                                  Naren
                                                  Apr 18, 2017 at 11:06 am
                                                  Don't comment anything on stan..... It is our Most Favored Nation.... You anti-nationals
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                                                    Naren
                                                    Apr 18, 2017 at 11:06 am
                                                    That's stan
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                                                      Naren
                                                      Apr 18, 2017 at 11:07 am
                                                      P@k1st@n
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                                                    yash sehgal
                                                    Apr 18, 2017 at 11:02 am
                                                    Only 60 injured...sad It shud have been "died" A person who insults a soldier/ injures / kills , has no right to live.. A soldier is India personified..
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                                                      MD
                                                      Apr 18, 2017 at 11:13 am
                                                      But then so r the citizens...They r what cons utes India..just like you & me...you seem to have a heart of stone when it comes to dealing with transgressions of your fellow citizens...aggrieved ones at that....cool down my friend..
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                                                        Dipti
                                                        Apr 18, 2017 at 11:19 am
                                                        Has it occurred to you that YOU are the very justification of these protests? You are hiding behind the Indian soldier but do you know how these encounters are psychologically damaging these young men from distant villages who are thrown by a stupid government into the Kashmir quagmire? They end up with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and often commit suicide four or five years down the road. If only your stupid government stopped wasting money on smashing the Kashmiri resolve (which it cannot, alas! going by the 70-year experience) and spent in ensuring clean drinking water, better/viable agriculture, education, healthcare and employment in the villages from where these soldiers originate --but who is going to tell them that?
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                                                          Aadis
                                                          Apr 18, 2017 at 12:06 pm
                                                          Do you know what exactly happening there ?
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                                                          mumbai
                                                          Apr 18, 2017 at 10:58 am
                                                          Modi where are you? taking selfies with film dancers? do you remeber your words during 2013-2014?
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                                                            romi
                                                            Apr 18, 2017 at 11:16 am
                                                            kashmris are gone case brain washed people who only understand violence makes no sense talking to these jungles we are paying heavy price for congress stupidity stop all internet & tel connection with
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                                                              mumbai
                                                              Apr 18, 2017 at 3:05 pm
                                                              shameless crooks still talking about congress. three years now. made the condition worse than congis regime. Modi does not have the guts to take actions.
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