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Kashmir University, colleges remain shut as tensions prevail in Valley

20 April 2017

The students were subjected to ruthless torture in joint action by Indian police paramilitary forces as the armed personnel entered the college and attacked them with gun butts.

A PDP spokesman said the party had convened an emergency meeting to discuss the situation "arising out of the unfortunate incident at the Pulwama college last week".

Markets in neighbouring Residency Road and Lal Chowk areas closed as tension spread.

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The statement added, however, there had been no police deployment in the area. The clashes also erupted outside SSM School Parrayppora between students and police. They too were intercepted by the cops, who fired tear gas and pepper gas shells to disperse them. There was complete shutdown in Pulwama Town.

On Monday, students clashed with police in Srinagar, Bandipora, Baramulla, Anantnag, Pulwama, Kupwara, Kulgam and Shopian districts. Teargas shells and pellets were shot at the students. Universities in Kashmir were then known to organise lively debates of high quality.

Hundreds of students, many of them in their school uniforms and ties, clashed with security forces in the latest challenge for the embattled Mehbooba Mufti government.

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In the past days of student protests over 100 of them have been wounded while two received serious head injuries during alleged use of excessive force by government forces. The clashes continued for several hours. "We came for their support as we couldn't tolerate this", a student ( wish not to be named ) participating in the protest told Mirror. A small sliver of Kashmir is also held by China.

In north Kashmir, students poured out of the Sopore Degree College in large numbers and shouted slogans against the assault on students.

The unprecedented student protests on Monday in nearly all the college and university campuses across Kashmir has unnerved the state government enforcing shutdown of mobile Internet and closure of all colleges and secondary schools on Tuesday to prevent spillover, which would deteriorate the situation further. The order has been apparently issued to scuttle more protests in the region.

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Witnesses told Greater Kashmir that students marched out of the college and staged protests against a check-point that was laid outside the college campus by the Special Operations Guard (SOG) of the Jammu and Kashmir Police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans.