Widespread student protests spark tension in Kashmir Valley

Srinagar, April 17: Widespread protests by students in the Kashmir Valley on Monday heightened tensions as dozens of students and policemen were injured in clashes.

Girls from a women’s college in Srinagar also joined the protests as police battled hard to bring the situation under control.

Markets in neighbouring Residency Road and Lal Chowk areas closed as tension spread.

Protests and clashes also erupted between students in Pulwama town despite the authorities having ordered the closure of the college there for two days following Saturday’s incident.

Students also indulged in heavy stone pelting at the security forces in Baramulla, Shopian, Kulgam, Anantnag, Dooru, Kupwara, Ganderbal, Tral and Bandipora towns.

Protests took place inside the Kashmir University and the Central University here but these were peaceful.

Reports said over three dozen students and two dozen security men were injured in Monday’s clashes in the Valley.

Police said they were maintaining “extreme restraint” while dealing with the student protests.

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