Kashmir: Policeman’s bike set ablaze as student protests continue
Student clashed with police in Pulwama after protests against the arrest of alleged stone pelters turned violent.india Updated: May 23, 2017 19:04 IST
Protesters in Pulwama in south Kashmir set a policeman’s motorcycle on fire during a clash with cops on Tuesday.
The violence comes a day after Jammu and Kashmir governor NN Vohra asked inspector general police (Kashmir range) Muneer Khan to devote special attention to see that educational schedules of students are not disrupted under any circumstances.
Vohra advised the Valley’s police chief to “immunise” the students from “influences which have the potential of vitiating their academic careers”.
Residents of Pulwama said that dozens of students of a higher secondary school came out on roads and started protesting in the main town against arrests of young men in the district.
“The students formed a human circle in the main town of the district on Srinagar-Shopian road leading to heavy traffic jam. The police responded by firing tear gas shells. The police action triggered clashes between youth and security forces,” said a resident, not wishing to be named.
Police said that the students also caught hold of a policeman in plain clothes who was travelling on a bike. “Somebody might have been aware about his police background. So they stopped him and set his bike ablaze,” said an official at the Pulwama police control room.
Residents said that around 20 people, some of them students have been detained over stone pelting charges by police in the past few days. Seven youths were detained last night alone.
Superintendent of police Pulwama Chowdhary Aslam said that the students were protesting over arrests in the area. The official said that the policeman whose bike was set on fire was returning home.
Kashmir has been witnessing sporadic student protests since April 17 when thousands of college and school students hit the streets across the Valley over an incident of police highhandedness in Degree College Pulwama two days earlier.
Student protests have become a new challenge for the administration which has been struggling to end the current unrest triggered by the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani in July 2016.