Kashmir students clash with Indian troops; many injured

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Kashmiri students throw stones at Indian police during clashes at a school in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, 17 April 2017.

All examinations scheduled for Tuesday have also been postponed, an official said. Mobile Internet services were also suspended as people had started uploading videos showing "atrocities" being inflicting on protesting students on social media sites. "In the resultant chaos, some students received minor injuries and a lot of them were discharged after first aid", the statement said.

The Kashmir University Students Union, a banned student body, had called for protests in all colleges and universities following Saturday's incident.

Students in Pulwama alleged on Saturday that police and paramilitary troops raided the college to try to arrest students involved in anti-India protests in the area. The protesters even resorted to stone-pelting against the forces.

Police and army officials say dozens of local youths have joined the rebel ranks since then.

Main opposition party National Conference condemned the use of force against the students. In this incident some miscreants and police personnel were injured.

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The cops cleared the students from the road and pushed them back to the college, where the clashes between the two sides continued till afternoon.

"I hope Mehbooba has thought through the implications of mass student protests across the valley".

More than fifty students had been injured in the teargas and shotgun pellet use by the security forces against the male and female students who were protesting against the police's establishing a naka outside the campus. "It is unprecedented. We have not seen such a use of widespread force on students in nearly every district simultaneously".

The protests in Kashmir turned violent as police attempted to stop the students from marching, using tear gas shells, water canisters and PAVA shells.

In the video announcement is being made that stone pelters will meet the same fate.

Abdul Hamid, principal, Government Degree College Pulwama, told Firstpost that he begged security forces not to enter the premises, but they barged in. There was no report of any user of force by the police though the police is deployed around. Its chairperson Justice Bilal Nazki has while took cognizance of the matter directed Superintendent of Police Pulwama to file a detailed report on the incidents within two weeks, a spokesman of the commission said.

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