Srinagar, April 23: A day after Education Minister Altaf Bukhari said that students have a right to protest in their schools and colleges, police Monday entered boys higher secondary school Baramulla and thrashed several students who were protesting against the rape and murder of 8-year old nomadic girl of Kathua.
Around 70 students, who were protesting within the school premises, were detained by the police, many of them in injured condition.
The students this morning held a demonstration in the school premises, seeking stern punishment to the persons involved in rape and murder of eight year old Kathua girl.
However, policemen in large numbers entered the school and used force on the protesting students. The police action triggered clashes between the two sides. Police also fired teargas on the agitating students.
SSP Baramulla said the detained students would be released “after proper counselling.”
“The students’ priority should be education but unfortunately they are indulging in un-necessary protests,” said Imtiyaz Hussain, SSP Baramulla.
The activists of Peoples Freedom League led by party leader Imtiyaz Ahmad Shah also staged a protest demonstration in Srinagar Press Enclave to condemn the rape and murder of Aasifa in Kathua district. They demanded re-opening of all rape cases of Kashmir.
Army on Monday resorted to aerial firing to disperse youths at Pinjura in Shopian district after their vehicle came under heavy stone pelting.
Eyewitnesses said that youths hurled stones at the army vehicle in the village and the army fired bullets in the air to chase them away.
Students of degree college Shopian took to streets at court complex and lodged strong protest against the closure of the college by the government.
Some students later pelted stones on the government forces. Forces lobbed tear smoke shells to disperse the protesting youth. The clashes remained on for several hours.
In another incident, youths pelted a survey team of army with stones in Murran area of Pulwama.
Army’s Rashtriya Rifles were doing some survey when youths in large numbers assembled at Muran Chowk and pelted army soldiers with stones. Army fired tear smoke shells to disperse the protesting youth.
However, there was no casualty in any stone pelting incident in these districts.
Students staged protests in Kangan and Ganderbal on Monday against the Khatua rape and murder case.
The students of degree college Ganderbal boycotted their classes in the afternoon and staged protests. They blocked the Ganderbal-Shalbugh road for some time.
The government forces tried to disperse the students, triggering clashes in the area. A policeman identified as constable Aqib Ali sustained minor injuries as a stone hit his face.
Students of boys higher secondary school Kangan also boycotted their classes and assembled for protests.
Carrying placards and chanting slogans, the students came out of the school premises and marched in main market Kangan.
Later they were joined by the students of degree college Kangan. They staged sit-in at main chowk Kangan and continued sloganeering for an hour.
Later they were chased away by the police.
Hundreds of students of ML Hajin higher secondary school in Bandipora district took out a protest march in solidarity with the eight year old nomadic girl who was gang-raped and murdered in Kathua in January this year.
The students raised slogans in favor of the victim girl and were holding placards showing different messages calling for justice for her.
The students pelted stones on an army school in the area.
Reports of student protests were also received from Saderkote and Ajas areas of Bandipora district where students took out protest rallies in solidarity with Kathua rape victim.
The protesting students were demanding death penalty to the culprits.