Srinagar, Apr 19: Fourteen students were injured when security forces resorted to lathicharge and burst teargas shells to disperse demonstrators in Kashmir valley, who were protesting against rape and brutal murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua in Jammu region.
Meanwhile, government spokesperson Naeem Akhtar on Thursday said there was no reason for these protests as the case was already solved and accused have been arrested.
Despite suspension of class work in Government Degree College (GDC) and Higher Secondary Schools (HSSs) in Shopian, students coming out of coaching centres, hit the streets at main chowk and demanded death penalty to all accused.
However, security forces and police personnel resorted to lathicharge after the demonstrators refused to disperse, official sources said. Later they burst teargas shells to chase away the demonstrators, who were pelting stones. About 10 youths were injured in the clashes. Business and traffic movement came to halt in the town though efforts are being made to restore normalcy.
Two students were injured during clashes during a protest rally at Ajas in Bandipora. Similar, clashes were reported in Chadoora in Budgam, where two students were injured.
Meanwhile, scores of specially-abled persons held a protest rally in Kupwara. Protests were held in other parts of the Valley, including Srinagar.
Minister for Youth Services and Sports, Information Technology and Technical Education Molvi Imran Raza Ansari also took to Twitter and urged students to call off protests. “I would strongly urge my young students to please concentrate on your studies. Understand your anguish against #Kathua but a trial is on. Ministers have resigned. Justice will be delivered. My message to you – pls study.”
Meanwhile as the student protests refuse to die down in the valley over the rape and brutal murder of an 8-year-old girl in Kathua, Works Minister and state government spokesperson Naeem Akhtar on Thursday said there is no reason for these protests as the case is already solved and accused have been arrested.
Akhtar said that people pelting stones in the name of the Kathua girl are only hurting the image and interests of the state.
“What is there to protest about? Case is solved, chargesheet filed, accused in custody, trial on. Those who still pelt stones in name of the poor girl of Kathua are only hurting the image and interests of the state,” Akhtar wrote on micro-blogging site twitter.
“What is the occasion for protests, stonepelting when case is solved, accused in jail and trial on? Shouldn’t they be attending classes instead,” he added.
Over a dozen students were injured in clashes with security forces in south Kashmir’s Shopian, where students hit the streets on Thursday, demanding death penalty for the culprits in Kathua rape case. Meanwhile, many collges and Highers Secondary Schools (HSSs) remained closed in the valley as a precautionary measure.