Handwara – Massive student protests rocked Handwara after the student of Degree College Handwara Saturday morning staged a demonstration against the use of force on students across Kashmir since last three weeks.
Witnesses said that 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.
Local sources told that hundred of students, including girls, Saturday morning staged massive protests in main Handwara town.
Initial reports suggest that students also unfurled the Pakistan National Flag on the administrative block of the college.
Later the students tried to march towards main chowk Handwara. However, forces restored to heavy tear smoke shelling to disperse the protesting students ensuing in intense clashes between students and forces. Around forty students had suffered suffocation.
During the ensuing clashes between forces and students, over 20 students were injured in forces action, including girls. One girl among the injured is said to be critical.
Clashes between students and forces were going on when this report was filed.
SSP Handawara Ghulam Jeelani Wani said that students resorted to “heavy stone pelting” following which police was forced to fire tear smoke shells to disperse the protesting students.
“About a dozen students fainted and received minor bruises,” the SSP said.
Kashmir is in grip of student protest after forces entered the college premises of GDC Pulwama on April 15 in which 60 students were injured.
Since April 15, more than 120 students have been injured across Kashmir in various forces action.