Kashmir : Policeman among several injured as students clash with law keepers
Kashmiri students throw stones at Indian police during clashes at a school in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, 17 April 2017.
Over 50 students, including women, were wounded on Saturday by government forces, who reportedly fired smoke shells and small lead balls through shotguns - which could potentially leave individuals blinded- on students protesting near the police checkpoint at some distance from the college.
The banned Kashmir University Students Union decried the police action, saying it highlighted India's policy to "rule by repression and fear".
Following the day-long clashes, the authorities ordered the closure of schools, colleges and other educational institutions on Tuesday "as a precautionary measure", and all university and other examinations scheduled for the day have been postponed.
Indian police and paramilitaries allegedly raided the facility in search of students involved in anti-India protest.
Many students sustained injuries in police action across the Valley.
Police said they were maintaining "extreme restraint" while dealing with the student protests.
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As the police sealed the college exits, the students started demonstrating within the premises.
Reports said over three dozen students and two dozen security men were injured in Monday's clashes in the Valley.
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. They also protested in Pattan, Sopore, Baramulla, Handwara, Kupwara, Bandipora in North Kashmir, Ganderbal and Budgam in Central Kashmir and Shopian, Kulgam, Anantnag, Tral and Pulwama in South Kashmir.
In the meantime, National Conference's working president Omar Abdullah questioned the handling of students' protests by the Jammu and Kashmir government. "We are compiling the details of the injured", an official said.
"I hope Mehbooba has thought through the implications of mass student protests across the valley". "Why could all colleges/universities not have been closed for a few days after the Pulwama clashes?"
Its chairperson Justice Bilal Nazki has while taking cognizance of the matter directed Superintendent of Police Pulwama to file a detailed report on the incidents within two weeks, a spokesman of the commission said.
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