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Civilian killings: Campuses across Kashmir erupt again

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Campuses across Kashmir erupted in protest again as Indian forces shot dead four more civilians and injured dozens in Kulgam district on Wednesday.

As the news about the killings spread in the morning; the students of schools, colleges and universities left their classes and staged protests, raising pro-freedom and anti-India slogans.
Students in Kashmir University assembled outside the Humanities block and indulged in massive anti-India and pro-freedom sloganeering. The students later took out a protest march on the campus.

Similar anti-India protests were held at the Central University of Kashmir, Islamic University of Science and Technology Awantipora, National Institute of Technology Hazratbal, Islamia College of Science and Commerce Hawal, colleges of Baramulla, Handwara, Sopore, Chrar-i-Sharif, Bandipora and Sumbal.

In the city centre Lal Chowk, the students from Women’s College M.A. Road came out of the college and stage a protest. The women protesters raised pro-freedom and anti-India slogans on the M.A. Road and Residency Road.

They were joined by the students of nearby Kothi Bagh higher secondary school in massive anti-India sloganeering on the Residency Road.

As the forces tried to chase away the students, the girls hurled stones in retaliation. The forces fired pepper gas grenades on the students.

Amid the chaos, the shopkeepers downed their shutters and traffic was disrupted for some time.

The government ordered the closure of all educational institutions in Kulgam and parts of adjoining Anantnag (Islamabad) district in the morning.

In Baramulla, the students of Boys Degree College clashed with the government forces after holding a protest. Students and faculty members said the government forces used excessive force against the protesting students within the premises of the college.

 An official said the police fired tear smoke shells inside the campus when the faculty was trying to convince the students to end protests.