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Kashmir students clash with Indian troops; many injured

20 April 2017, 03:37 | Melissa Porter

Kashmir students clash with Indian troops; many injured

Kashmir records lowest election turnout in history amid Indian crackdown

Traffic on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway was restored after seven hours as the students ended their protest in Banihal on conflict between students and CRPF which was started this morning.

There were some clashes between security forces and students, later on security forces restored tear smoke shells to chase away the protesters.

At least 50 students were injured in the incident.

Protests were reported from all the major towns, including Baramulla, Shopian, Kulgam, Anantnag, Bandipora, Kupwara and Ganderbal. "AJKSU is going to hold peaceful protests in the coming days as well until the genuine demands of the students are not fulfilled", said the union statement. Indian police and paramilitaries allegedly raided the facility in search of students involved in anti-India protest.

According to students of Degree College Pulwama, the forces had laid a checkpoint outside the campus and tried to enter the college premises to which the students objected.

Markets in neighbouring Residency Road and Lal Chowk areas closed as tension spread.

"I hope @MehboobaMufti has thought through the implications of mass student protests across the valley".

The students of Kashmir University, Central University and Islamic University of Science and Technology also staged massive protests but they concluded peacefully.

The development comes in the wake of the fresh violence that erupted across the valley today, as college students clashed with security forces over alleged police brutality in a Pulwama college.

Educational institutions remained closed on Tuesday in the Kashmir Valley in view of the widespread student protests on Monday.

All examinations scheduled for Tuesday have also been postponed, an official said.

The video has been widely shared on social media and has sparked outrage and a police investigation into the incident. Universities in Kashmir were then known to organise lively debates of high quality. Only about 7 per cent of the area's almost 1.3 million voters cast ballots, the lowest turnout in elections over the past five decades.

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