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Protesting students clash with security forces in J-K’s Handwara, Pulwama

Students in Kashmir Valley have been protesting intermittently since last month, prompting authorities to suspend class work in higher educational institutions for over a week last month as a precautionary measure.

india Updated: May 06, 2017 16:03 IST
A young Kashmiri protester throws stones at government forces during a protest in Srinagar,  Jammu and Kashmir, Friday, May 5, 2017.
A young Kashmiri protester throws stones at government forces during a protest in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, Friday, May 5, 2017. (AP)

Clashes broke out on Saturday between protesting students and security forces in Handwara town in north and Pulwama in south Kashmir, the police said.

Several students have been injured in the clashes which were on till last reports came in.

Dozens of students from the government higher secondary school in Newa area of Pulwama district staged a protest against the alleged high-handedness of security forces, a police official said.

He said the students were asked by security forces to disperse but they refused, leading to clashes.

The students pelted stones at security forces, who resorted to baton charge and tear gas shelling, the official added.

Similar protests took place in Handwara town of Kupwara district where students of the government degree college clashed with security forces, the official said.

He said the students indulged in stone pelting, prompting the law enforcing agencies to use force.

A police raid on government degree college Pulwama on April 15 had triggered widespread protests by students across Kashmir on April 17.

The protests have been going on intermittently since then, prompting authorities to suspend class work in higher educational institutions for over a week last month as a precautionary measure.

The students are agitating over the alleged high- handedness of police and are demanding action against the erring personnel for roughing up students.

A number of students were arrested during clashes in Srinagar and elsewhere in the valley.