Students in Sopore, Kashmir clash with security forces after protests erupt in colleges

Srinagar: Students in north Kashmir's Sopore town on Thursday clashed with law-enforcing agencies, protesting against the arrest of their peers by the police over the past three weeks.

Representational image. AP

Representational image. AP

Students of some educational institutions, including the local government college in Sopore, 52 km from Srinagar, held protests in their respective college premises, a police official said.

He said the students, however, tried to march on the roads, prompting the law enforcing agencies to swing into action.

The police used batons and tear gas shells to disperse the protesters who resorted to stone-pelting, the official said.

He said clashes were going on when reports last came in, he said, adding that at least 10 persons were hurt in the clashes.

A police raid on Government Degree College in Pulwama on 15 April had triggered widespread protests by students across Kashmir on 17 April which have been going on intermittently since then.

Authorities had suspended class work in the higher educational institutions for over a week last month as a precautionary measure.

The students were agitating over the alleged high-handedness of security forces and demanding action against those who roughed up students.

A number of students were arrested during clashes in Srinagar and elsewhere in the valley.

Published Date: May 04, 2017 14:19 PM | Updated Date: May 04, 2017 14:19 PM

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