At least two students were reportedly injured after clashes broke out between students and security forces in the Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday.
Clashes also broke out between students and forces in the Baramulla, Anantnag, Kupwara and Budgam districts of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday. Forces used tear gas shells to disperse the protesting students triggering clashes. No injuries have been reported yet.
Clashes in Anantnag
Several students of the Dooru Higher Secondary school protested against the Indian Army in the Dooru area of south Kashmir's Anantnag district on Thursday. The students were protesting against the alleged high-handedness of the the army during protests by students in Pulwama district in April, a police official was quoted by the Press Trust of India (PTI) as saying.
Media reports suggest that the Indian Army allegedly thrashed a few students after they pelted stones at army vehicles in the Nougam village of Verinag. The students went to the their school in Dooru area from where they staged a protest against the army focing them to use tear gas shells to disperse the students.
Clashes in Baramulla
Similar clashes took place in Baramulla district's Sopore town on Thursday with students of Government Boys Higher Secondary school Sopore and Government Degree College Sopore clashing with government security forces at the town's Iqbal Market area.
Eyewitnesses told Greater Kashmir that security forces lobbed several tear gas shells on the students after the latter pelted stones at them outside the main gate of the schools in the Iqbal Market area triggering chaos. Additional police forces were also sent to the area to bring the situation under control, the official told PTI.
These students were also protesting against the way the army handled the situation during the students' protest in the Pulwama district of the state on April 15 and also the protests that took place after that across the Valley. They demanded that the police release all the students who have been arrested in the last one month.
Clashes in Budgam
Clashes broke out between students of Government Degree College Magam and security forces on the Magam-Kralpora Road in central Kashmir's Budgam district in Jammu and Kashmir. Several students were also detained after they jumped over the boundary wall of the college.
Eyewitnesses told Greater Kashmir that forces threw tear gas shells inside the school premises leading to chaos in the area. They added that clashes broke out after students pelted stones on an army convoy on the Magam-Kralpora Road in Budgam.
They further added that the the main entrance of the college had to be shut down to prevent students from coming out of the premises.
Clashes in Kupwara
Clashes also broke out between students and security forces in the Langate area of Kupwara district on Thursday after students of Government Higher Secondary School Langate came out on the streets to protest against the arrest of students in the last one month.
Forces were compelled to use tear gas shells to disperse the protesters. Shopkeepers shut shop after the clashes while hardly any traffic could be seen on the roads in the area as people ran for their safety.