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Female student, among 4, injured in police cane-charge
DC orders closure of college, HSSs for 2 days
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BANIHAL, Apr 18: Four students, including a female student, sustained injuries in police cane-charge after students Tuesday blocked Jammu-Srinagar National Highway for seven hours after `standoff with CRPF.’

Vehicular traffic on Jammu Srinagar National Highway remained suspended for seven hours and all shops and other business establishments remained closed after an incident in which some CRPF personnel allegedly thrashed some students when they were on their way to their college.

The civil society led by Imam Jamia Masjid, Banihal Nazir Ahmed and the president, Beopar Mandal Banihal Shamshudin Rahi gave a call for `Bandh’ in Banihal town for tomorrow.

In the meanwhile, the District Magistrate Ramban issued an order for closure of degree college, Banihal and the Higher Secondary Schools in Banihal for two days.

As per the order No DCR/PS/17/29 issued today by the District Magistrate Ramban, Mohammed Aijaz “in view of the emergent situation arising of law and order problem and keeping in view the safety and security of the students the Degree College, Banihal and the Higher Secondary schools of Boys and Girls in Banihal shall remain closed for next two days with effect from 19-04-2017 to 20-04-2017.”

Reports said that the incident occurred at about 9 AM when some students of Degree College Banihal and Higher Secondary School Banihal were traveling in a van heading towards their respective institutions. When they reached near village Chareel about 5 kilometers short from Banihal township, their van overtook a CRPF convoy truck.

Upon this some CRPF personnel in the truck immediately got down and started beating the van driver. As students in the van came to his rescue, CRPF personnel beat them up also.

After persuasion, while CRPF personnel were made to proceed towards Jammu, students also moved towards Banihal town. On reaching Banihal town students blocked Jammu Srinagar National Highway and raised pro-Azadi and anti-India slogans. Some senior citizens and police rushed to the spot and managed to lift protest of students from highway.

The students moved from that spot and blocked highway at another location till then hundreds of students had become part of protest.

SHO Banihal with his squad reached to next location and started cane charging on the students. In this action four students including one female student sustained injuries.

However, in the town, they were joined by other students and locals, who continued protesting against the CRPF and the local police. The protesters forced closure of educational institutions and business establishments in the town.

Some students started pelting stones, breaking glass doors, counters and signboards, besides windscreens and window panes of vehicles.

The protesters were demanding transfer of SHO, SI and five other police cops who as per them were involved in cane charging on students.

Since April 12 this was the third time that trouble had erupted between locals and security forces personnel in Banihal town, leading to a suspension of traffic on Jammu Srinagar National Highway in the area.

For earlier restoration of traffic on Jammu Srinagar National Highway SSP Ramban Mohan Lal visited Banihal town.

In this regard a meeting was held between students and SSP Ramban, SDM Banihal and SDPO Banihal at SDM office Banihal. Students were demanding transfer of SHO Banihal Afzal Wani, Sub Inspector Habib Phatan and five police constables.

SSP Ramban Mohan Lal assured the students that enquiry was initiated in this matter and strict action would be taken against those found guilty but the process required 5 to 7 days. The students however wanted immediate action against the involved police personnel. The students said that Banihal would remain closed on April 19 against police action.

The meeting concluded without any result however after the meeting, the students allowed traffic on highway at 4 PM after seven hours.

News Updated at : Wednesday, April 19, 2017
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