As violent protests closed down Kashmir University (KU) for third consecutive day on Thursday, the police said they are investigating militant links of the detained student, who used a mobile application exclusively accessed by a militant group.
Muzamil Ahmad Dar, a resident of Kakapora area of south Kashmir's Pulwama district, was detained on Monday night by the special cell of the counter-insurgency police.
A third semester student of KU's English department, Dar was picked up from his rented accommodation at Sadribal area near KU campus. Students, who have been protesting for three days now, alleged that Dar was held for participating in an anti-yoga protest.
KU vice-chancellor Khurshid Iqbal Andrabi told the students' representatives that "the police had told him that the student had some militant connections."
The police investigators told Hindustan Times that a special mobile application starting with alphabet 'V' used to make calls exclusively by the Lashkar-e-Toiba has been found on Dar's mobile. However, no direct involvement of Dar in any militant activity has been established so far, sources told theHT.
A group of students has also been allowed to meet Dar at an undisclosed location in Srinagar.
On KU campus, the personal security guards of the vice-chancellor used flash bang grenade, which creates deafening noise, to disperse protesting students, when negotiations hit a dead-end between the authorities and protesting students, demanding Dar's release.
The situation turned ugly in the afternoon when protesters turned violent and broke window panes of the administration block.
Both the gates of the campus were sealed by students and many female students fainted due to the loud noise. No classes were held on the campus where hundreds of students are enrolled.
"Protesting students resorted to heavy stone pelting on the administration block. The university security chose to exercise maximum restraint," said a KU spokesman.
In the wake of growing violent protests, the varsity has closed down up to June 27.
"The university authorities held several rounds of negotiations with the protesting students, urging them to call off the protests. The vice-chancellor had taken up the matter with the chief secretary, director general of police and inspector general of police (Kashmir), seeking their intervention in the matter," said a KU spokesman.
Protesting students accuse the authorities of resorting to violence without provocation.
"We had observed a silent sit-in before the V-C's office when police party showed up on the scene and fired," alleged a student.
Till late in the afternoon, slogans like 'Hum Sab Muzamil Hai (We are all Muzamil)' reverberated the campus with police maintaining a close eye outside the campus.