In occupied Kashmir, dozens of students including girls were injured, today, when Indian police used brute force on protesting students in Handwara town, today.
The students of Degree College Handwara and Higher Secondary School Handwara staged protests against the April 15 crackdown on a college in Pulwama and the arrests of students in subsequent protests. The students of Degree College also unfurled Pakistan’s National Flag on the administrative block of the college.
Indian police fired teargas shells to disperse the students who were trying to march in the streets, triggering clashes between the protesters and the police personnel. Over two dozen students including girls were injured in the police actions. Many of the students sustained critical injuries.
The shopkeepers downed their shutters following the clashes which were going on outside the Degree College and the main chowk areas till reports last came in.
The students also staged protests in Newa and Ratnipora areas of Pulwama district against the brutalities of Indian forces on the student community.
It is to mention here that occupied Kashmir is in the grip of student protests after Indian forces entered in the Government Degree College Pulwama on April 15. The action triggered massive demonstrations in the college and over 60 students were injured in the subsequent use of force by Indian police and troops on the protesting students. Since April 15, more than 150 students have been injured across the Kashmir Valley in forces’ actions.
Meanwhile, the spokesman of Jamaat-e-Islami of Kashmir (JI) in a statement expressed its concern and resentment over the injuring of students by Indian forces’ brutal actions in Handwara. He said that the occupational forces had also started arrest spree in Valley and had arrested dozens of students from different areas.
“Once students are detained, forces violating all human rights by subject them to the worst treatment in police lockups. These shameful attempts depict government of India has started a well thought plan to terrify local population which includes the siege of villages and towns wherein these forces mercilessly thrash locals, damage properties and also try to break the resolve of determined Kashmiris,” he said. He also expressed solidarity with media personnel who were beaten by the forces in Sopore yesterday.