Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

Colleges remain closed for third day in Kashmir


Over 50 students were injured during the clashes lasting over five days, the Kashmiri Reader reported.

Though no major incident took place on Tuesday when higher secondary schools, colleges and universities remained closed in the Valley, the student unrest has spread to Banihal area just across the Pirpanjal range.

Protests however broke out today in parts of Kashmir including Sopore, Palhalan, Delina, Ajas, Nadihal and Kangam where students took out demonstrations in solidarity with the students of Pulwama Degree College who were assaulted by government forces last week.

Government forces are not supposed to enter college or university premises without special permission, and on Saturday, the union said the police action was created to help the state "rule by repression and fear".

"I hope @MehboobaMufti has thought through the implications of mass student protests across the valley".

Meanwhile, All Jammu and Kashmir Students Union (AJKSU) said it will continue its protests despite closure of educational institutions by the government.

Students at the Pulwama college alleged that police and CRPF jawans fired pellets and tear gas shells during a raid on the campus to arrest those involved in anti-India protests.

The Monday's protests were called by Kashmir University Students Union, a banned student body.

After widespread student protests in the valley, all educational institutions were closed as a precautionary measure to prevent further protests, official said.

Indian-held Kashmir has been tense since April 9, when eight people were killed by police and paramilitary troops during election day violence. Kashmir witnessed deadly protests after a well-known separatist militant was killed previous year.

The videos uploaded on social media over the last week appeared to show members of armed groups forcing two political workers to apologise for their political associations at gunpoint.

Three students were also injured in the clashes.

The Kashmir conflict is at the heart of tension between India and Pakistan. The clashes have given rise to a fresh round of violence that is expected to grip Kashmir, if the situation spirals out of control.

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