Women’s College students stage protests, Shutters down as clashes intensify on MA road, SSP Srinagar injured in stone pelting

  • Students protest again in Srinagar, raise ‘Azadi’ slogans
  • Students of Women’s College MA road stage protests
  • Shopkeepers down shutters as clashes intensify on MA road, adjacent areas
  • SSP Srinagar injured in stone pelting

Massive clashes erupted in Srinagar’s Lal Chowk area on Monday after students from three adjacent educational institutions staged a protest and resorted to stone pelting.
According to the police, the students of SP College, Government College for Women and SP Higher Secondary school assembled on the Maulana Azad Road and clashed with the security personnels on duty.
“At least six students have been detained to foil the clashes,” a senior police official said, adding, “Scores of girl students participated in the protest.”
The girls also raised pro-freedom slogans, he said.
The forces fired tear smoke shells on the stone pelting students resulting in chaos in the city center.
Meanwhile, three photojournalist, Basit Zargar, Habib Naqash and Danish Ismail were among the injured during clashes outside SP school.
The colleges opened in Kashmir valley today after remaining closed for a week following protests across Kashmir against the police action on Government Degree College Pulwama on April 15.
Over fifty students were injured in clashes with security forces in Pulwama college, as security forces fired tear gas and pellets to disperse angry students.
The students were protesting against alleged highhandedness of security forces outside government-run degree college in Pulwama.
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”. When they protested against it the latter resorted to “brute force” against them.
However, the police denied the charges and said that a normal barricade was established around 200 meters away from the college premises. “As class work ended some miscreants started pelting stones at the barricade party. To handle the stone pelting reinforcement was rushed to the spot,” it said in a statement here.
The students of Government College for Women Monday staged protest demonstration inside the college premises.
However, the College authorities locked the main gate of the college from inside to prevent the protesting students from moving out.
Adjacent to MA College, the students of SP Higher Secondary are fighting pitch battle with police since morning.
The colleges opened in Kashmir valley today after remaining closed for a week following protests across Kashmir against the police action on Government Degree College Pulwama on April 15.

Meanwhile, clashes intensified on MA road in Srinagar after students from three adjacent educational institutions staged a protest and resorted to stone pelting.
Witnesses said that the students of SP College, Government College for Women and SP Higher Secondary school assembled on the Maulana Azad Road and clashed with police.
At least six students have been arrested to foil the clashes.
Meanwhile, chaos descended on the busy Lal Chowk area with clashes spreading to Partap Park and other areas.
Meanwhile, shopkeepers downed their shutters and traffic disappeared from the roads.

SSP Srinagar Imtiaz Ismail Parray has sustained minor injuries in stone pelting near Kothi Bagh Higher Secondary School on Monday.
SMHS Hospital source told Kashmir Post that the officer has suffered injuries on his right arm.