School students clash with security forces in Kashmir
No one was injured in the incident.
In occupied Kashmir, Indian forces used brute force against students who were staging protests against the arrest of their fellow students in Srinagar, Badgam and Tral areas on Monday.
Reports from Central Kashmir's Budgam district said that hundreds of students of different private schools held a protest and blocked the road at Aripanthan against the detention of a 6th class student.
When they refused to clear the area, police lobbed tear gas shells to disperse the crowd. As the protests intensified, police released the arrested student from police station Magam after which the protesting students dispersed peacefully.
Student clashes were also reported from frontier district Kupwara. The students are agitating over the alleged high- handedness of police and are demanding action against the erring personnel for roughing up students.
At both places, the security forces swung bamboo sticks and fired teargas canisters to quell the protests and stone-pelting mobs of students, reports received here said.
In Zainakote area on Srinagar-Baramulla highway, soldiers of an army convoy resorted to aerial firing to disperse the protesting students who had started pelted stones on them, witnesses said.
The recent protests by students were triggered by a security force raid on Degree College Pulwama on April 15, when over 50 students, including girls, were injured in the clashes in educational institute.
The protests have been going on intermittently since then, prompting authorities to suspend class work in the higher educational institutions for over a week last month as a precautionary measure.