Colleges closed for 5th day, schools shut

FARZANA SYED. Dated: 4/22/2017 10:28:36 AM

Students protest in several areas in Bandipora

SRINAGAR, Apr 21: All colleges and higher secondary schools in Kashmir valley remained closed on Friday as per the directions of the state administration following student uprising in the aftermath of the Pulwama college students' assault by army and police last week.
While the degree colleges across Kashmir remained closed for the fifth consecutive day on Friday, the authorities had ordered the suspension of class work in all Higher Secondary Schools of Kashmir division following student protests since April 17 following Pulwama college incident.
Pertinently, since April 17 massive student protests have been witnessed across Kashmir valley against the brutal assault and beating up of students by security forces in Degree College Pulwama in South Kashmir last week.
The incident has evoked widespread anger, anguish and massive student uprising across kashmir valley demanding stringent action against the forces involved in beating of students. Following massive protests and clashes, scores of students across Kashmir have sustained injuries in action by police and security forces.
While Higher secondary schools have remained closed for some days, the colleges across Kashmir have remained shut since April 18.
According to the officials in administration the step of closing the educational institutions was taken to thwart any further clashes and protests by the college and school students.
Meanwhile, the student protests continued in several areas of district Bandipora in North Kashmir on Friday. School students from various high schools staged protest demonstrations against the security forces excesses on Pulwama college and other college and school students across Kashmir valley.
Protests were witnessed in Aloosa, Kaloosa, Ajas and Sumbal areas of district Bandipora in which scores of students participated and demanded stern punishment to the culprits of Pulwama incident. The protesting students expressed solidarity with the Pulwama college victims.
A partial shutdown was witnessed in Kaloosa and Aloosa areas of Bandipora after clashes and protests happened.
School students from High school in Ajas and Aloosa took out protest march while chanting anti India and pro freedom slogans. Protesting students blocked Srinagar Bandipora road also. A protest demonstration was carried out by school students in Sumbal area.
Over 60 students were severely injured after army personnel and security forces had entered Government Degree College Pulwama and beat up the students ruthlessly.



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