No let up in Kashmir protests

first_imgThere was no let up in protests by students in the Kashmir Valley on Monday despite a slew of stringent measures, including the closure of private tuition centres by the government. Students of over 20 educational institutes held demonstrations over the Kathua rape and murder case in parts of the Valley. A senior police official said at least five demonstrations turned violent when students hurled stones at security forces. Over 70 students of the Government High School, Baramulla were rounded up following the clashes. “The detained students will be released after counselling,” said Senior Superintendent of Police (Baramulla) Imtiyaz Hussain.Two students and five policemen were injured during the clashes in Shopian, Sopore, Baramulla, Ganderbal and Anantnag. Traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu highway was also hit due to stone-throwing at Khanabal.The students accused the security forces of “excessive use of tear-gas shells and chilli-filled PAVA shells on the campuses.” Fresh protests come just a day after State Education minister Altaf Bukhari ordered closing down of tuition centres. “If parents think tuition centres should not close, they should also ensure schools should not shut,” said Mr. Bukhari.Members of the Coaching Centres’ Association of Kashmir said they will keep tuition centres open. “Inspector raj should end. We are ready for regulations and will resume work from Tuesday,” said G.N. Var, a member.last_img

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