Kashmir University, colleges remain shut as tensions prevail in Valley

Indian man tied to the front of an army jeep in Kashmir

Indian man tied to the front of an army jeep in Kashmir

The trigger was the alleged police excesses on students of Government Degree College, Pulwama on April 13, which left over 50 students injured.

The Jammu and Kashmir government today ordered all the colleges to remain shut in the state for the next two days.

"Suddenly the forces started tear gas shelling on the students and the students retaliated with the stones", a student of Degree college Pulwama, who wished not to be named told TCN.

"I hope @MehboobaMufti has thought through the implications of mass student protests across the valley". According to witnesses, the protesting students resorted to intense stone-pelting on government forces.

Prompted by widespread student protests in Kashmir and closure of education of educational institutions, the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has issued some self-contradictory statements.

Meanwhile, Kashmir University and Islamic University of Science and Technology Awantipora have postponed all examinations which were scheduled to be held on Tuesday.

A Kashmiri student throws a piece of stone during a protest in Srinagar
Image A Kashmiri student throws a piece of stone during a protest in Srinagar

A student union had called for protests after police on Saturday tried to raid a college in the southern district of Pulwama to round up suspects in recent violent demonstrations, sparking clashes in which at least 60 students were injured.

Controversy peaked when a video showing a man tied to an army jeep in Budgam district of central Kashmir on April 9 surfaced when polling was underway for the Srinagar Parliamentary bypoll. Kashmir witnessed deadly protests after a well-known separatist militant was killed a year ago.

Five police personnel were also injured. Internet facilities were also suspended on Monday to prevent uploading of pictures from the protests by youths on the social media.

The Kashmir conflict is at the heart of tension between India and Pakistan. India continues to accuse Pakistan of training and arming rebel groups in the region to gain control, while Pakistan has continued to deny the claim.

The violence has killed scores of civilians and wounded more than 12,000 civilians and security force personnel.

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