Kashmir students clash with Indian troops; many injured

There have been dire consequences for online dissenters

As student protests spread across Kashmir Valley Monday the Jammu and Kashmir government ordered all the Universities, Colleges to remain closed on 18th April as precautionary measure due to present condition prevailing in Jammu and Kashmir.

A spokesman of Kashmir University said all university examinations scheduled for tomorrow have been postponed.

Footage apparently showing a civilian tied to the front of an army jeep to deter protesters from throwing stones at the vehicle has also caused outrage after it was circulated on social media last week.

Protests against the Pulwama raids by police have escalated to other towns outside Srinagar. "In the resultant chaos, some students received minor injuries and majority were discharged after first aid", the statement said.

The call for holding protests against the Pulwama incidents had been issued by a students' union.

The FIR has been registered under sections 342, 149, 506 and 367 of Ranbir Penal Code against unidentified Army personnel and investigation taken up, a police official said.

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The trouble started when a group of students took out a rally near Sri Pratap (SP) College on Moulana Azad Road in the vicinity of Lal Chowk against the Pulwama incident, leading to clashes between the protesting students and the law enforcing agencies, the officials said. The protesters even resorted to stone-pelting against the forces.

Opposition National Conference's working president and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah in a series of tweeted slammed Mehbooba Mufti government for handling of students' protests.

Students at Kashmir University also boycotted their classwork to stand in solidarity with the injured students. "I hope @MehboobaMufti has thought through the implications of mass student protests across the valley".

"We want to lodge our protest against the forces raid on a college and beating and injuring of students". The police statement had added, "The mob swelled as more students joined and pelted stones on the forces".

The protests in Kashmir turned violent as police attempted to stop the students from marching, using tear gas shells, water canisters and PAVA shells. "To handle the stone pelting reinforcement was rushed to the spot". They engaged in intense clashes with the security men across the Valley during which scores of students' sustained injuries. There was no report of any user of force by the police though the police is deployed around.

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