Kulgam killings trigger campus protests across the Valley
Srinagar: Widespread student protests erupted in Kashmir valley on Wednesday against the killings of four civilians in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district.
Massive protests rocked Kashmir University campus soon after the news about the killings spread around.
Witnesses said that a massive gathering of students from different departments joined the protests. The students were holding placards and shouting pro freedom, anti India and pro Pakistani slogans.
“Government is repeatedly muzzling the voices of the oppressed people of the valley, and there needs to be an abrupt end to this bloodshed which we have been facing since long time now,” said a protesting student.
Meanwhile, KUSU also joined the protest, holding the KUSU banner and shouting anti India slogans they said, “Indian government is strangling the voices of people by using its barbaric tactics.”
Elsewhere, a protest was held at Central University campus Nowgam against the civilian killings.
Scores of students assembled in the varsity and raised pro freedom slogans.
The girl students from Women’s College MA Road in Srinagar came out of the college and staged a protest on MA Road. The protesters raised pro-freedom and anti-India slogans.
An eye witness said students from the college and Kothibagh school assembled on Residency road and raised pro-freedom and anti-India slogans.
The girl students hurled stones on the forces who responded by firing pepper gas shells. A girl student was injured after being hit by a stone during the protest.
The students from Islamia College of Science and Commerce also staged a protest against the Kulgam civilian killings.
Similarly, at Government degree college Handwara the students staged a protest in the college premises which prompted the college authorities to suspend the day’s class work.
The students from Government Degree College Sopore held a protest and later clashed with the forces over the killings, reports said.
The college authorities ordered the suspension of class work in the college “as a precautionary measure”.
Reports said that students tried to block the road at Iqbal market in the town, however forced chased them away.
Earlier, authorities had ordered the closure of all educational institutions in Kulgam and parts of adjoining Anantnag district in the wake of civilian killings in Khudwani area of Kulgam district.
Similar protests were also witnessed in Budgam district of central Kashmir. Class work was suspended at degree college Charar-i-sharief.
Scores of students, including girls, came out of the college premises and staged a protest against the killings.
The students of Bandipora Degree College and Sumbal Degree College also held protests. Reports said that hundreds of students assembled at the colleges and raised anti-India slogans.
In Baramulla, the students of Degree College clashed with the forces after holding a protest. Reports said that clashes erupted after forces prevented the students from coming out of the college premises.
Meanwhile, KU has announced to postpone all the examinations scheduled for today.
“In view of concerns expressed by students, all Kashmir University examinations scheduled to be held on April 12 (Thursday) and April 13 (Friday) are postponed. Fresh dates will be announced separately later,” a spokesman of the University said.
He said that class work at the University shall remain suspended on April 12 (Thursday).
Meanwhile, the Islamia College of Science and Commerce also postponed all the examinations scheduled on 12 April, 2018 (Thursday). Fresh dates for the deferred examinations shall be notified separately, a spokesman of the institution said.
He said that students are requested to check the college website regularly.
In Kupwara the district administration has decided to suspend the class work in all Schools and Colleges of District except Keran, Karnah and Machil areas on 12 the April as a precautionary measure
Besides, all educational institutions of Sopore town will remain closed today as a precautionary, an official said.