Clashes leave 50 students injured in Kashmir

Witnesses told Deccan Herald that two police vehicles stopped at the entrance of Degree College Pulwama in the morning which provoked the students.

They also alleged that the security forces not only harassed them but also barged into the college premises where they were forced them to chant slogans denouncing separatists, militants and "freedom cause".

He said the security forces resorted to baton charge and fired several tear smoke shells to disperse the protestors.

"As soon as the forces were spotted, students staged protests and pelted stones, triggering massive clashes", a student said, adding that police fired dozens of teargas shells and pellets.

At least, five persons were hurt during the clash, the official said. Many students reportedly suffered injuries who were shifted to District Hospital Pulwama. "Three critically injured persons have been referred to Srinagar, the injured are still coming", the chief medical officer of Pulwama, Dr Talat Jabeen, was quoted as saying. Reinforcement was rushed to the spot.

At Muran Chowk, large number of protesters also attacked Government Forces. One was referred to Srinagar hospital where his condition is stable.

"Kashmir University Students Union (KUSU) stands in solidarity with the students in Pulwama, and across the state, and reiterates its demand for the right to self-determination in J&K, according to United Nations resolutions".

  • Leroy Wright