Day 4: Students’ protest swell, Govt extends closure of schools

Girl student injured in Safa Kadal; Forces thrash students inside Kangan School; KUSU calls students to resume classes

BK Correspondent/Srinagar
April 21, 2017 TOP STORIES 261 Views

Even after the closure of the colleges in Kashmir Valley, students protest continues against the forces crackdown on Pulwama College students.
Students’ protests were reported from different parts of North Kashmir on Thursday. Reports said the students of Government Higher Secondary School Hariganiwan in Kangan took out a protest march from school and marched up to the main market. The students denounced the use of force on them and demanded action against those involved in Pulwama mayhem. Students after registering their protest dispersed peacefully.
Meanwhile, an official handout issued here on Thursday evening said that the teaching work in the Valley Higher Secondary Schools to remain suspended till April 21.
According to the Divisional Administration Kashmir, teaching work in all the Higher Secondary Institutions of the Kashmir Division shall remain suspended till April 21, 2017 as a precautionary measure, it said.
Reports said that Army barged into Government Higher Secondary School Chatergul in Kangan area of central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district after students protesting against police crackdown on Pulwama college last week allegedly pelted stones on their camp.
Reports said that, some students allegedly pelted stones on an army camp located in the area while in retaliation, the troopers fired several shots in air to chase away the students. Later, the army men allegedly went inside the school and thrashed the students, triggering massive protests. A police official while confirming the incident said that situation was brought under control after the incident.
Eyewitnesses said that a peaceful protest of students of Nadim Memorial Higher Secondary School in Kaloosa Bandipora turned violent when police entered into the premises of the school. Students alleged that police fired tear-smoke shells inside the school premises. “Police entered the school campus and burst several tear smoke and sound shells, triggering clashes,” they said.
Witnesses added that a large number of students later on hit to roads and clashed with police. The students reportedly pelted stones on police while a stone hit a woman’s head during the clashes. The woman was rushed to hospital where her condition was stated to be stable.
In Goshbugh Pattaan of North Kashmir’s Baramulla district, students from various schools hit to roads and staged a protest.
Students of Higher Secondary School Dayalgam staged protest against the arrest of some of the students. They blocked Anantnag-Dayalgam road for hours. The protesting students dispersed only after assurances given to them by ADC Anantnag that all the students will be released without any delay. The crackdown on Pulwama college last Saturday left over fifty students injured, triggering an unprecedented show of solidarity by students across Kashmir valley.
Meanwhile, Kashmir University Students Union (KUSU) Thursday called upon the student community to resume their classes after a successful display of resistance, unity and valor.
The protests in solidarity with the students assaulted by occupational forces at Pulwama Degree College was not only exemplary but a historic message put across the globe that the struggle of right to self-determination is deep rooted in the conscience of every man, woman and youth of Jammu and Kashmir.
According to the statement issued here, the KUSU said, “It should be kept in mind that while resuming class work the students should make resistance against Indian occupation a way of life and raise voice against the oppression whenever needed or necessary.”
The union said that “the treachery of the oppressive state mechanism have already begun its co-optive measures to subvert our just struggle for freedom from forcible occupation of India by creating various youth and students organisations linked directly to pro-India political parties or in the form of shadowy extensions, with full support and patronage from occupational machinery.”
“The students should be vigilant and wary of such divisive attempts by the state so that they do not let lose their deceitfulness over the campus activities,” the statement reads.
KUSU also cautioned students to be wary against any attempts of fund-raising in the name of students injured since Monday.

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