Students clash with security forces in south Kashmir
Dozens of protesting students today clashed with security forces in Handwara town in north and Pulwama in south Kashmir.
According to a police official, students from the government higher secondary school in Newa area of Pulwama district staged a protest against the alleged high-handedness of security forces.
He said the students were asked by security forces to disperse but they refused, leading to clashes.
The students pelted stones at security forces, who resorted to baton charge and tear smoke shelling, the official said, adding that clashes were going on till the reports last came in.
Similar protests took place in Handwara town of Kupwara district where students of the government degree college clashes with security forces, the official said.
He said the students indulged in stone pelting, prompting the law enforcing agencies to use force.
A police raid on government degree college Pulwama on April 15 had triggered widespread protests by students across Kashmir on April 17.
The protests have been going on intermittently since then, prompting authorities to suspend class work in the higher educational institutions for over a week last month as a precautionary measure. The students are agitating over the alleged high-handedness of police and are demanding action against the erring personnel for roughing up students.A number of students were arrested during clashes in Srinagar and elsewhere in the valley.
(With PTI inputs)