At least four youths were detained today after the police scuttled their demonstration at the premises of a college here. In a separate incident, security forces fired teargas shells to disperse student protesters in Kashmir’s Baramulla district. “Four youths were detained by plain-clothed policemen soon after a group of students assembled near the main gate of S P College along Maulana Azad road in the heart of Srinagar to stage a protest,” a police official said. It is not clear whether the detained youths are students of the college, he said.
The officials said intense clashes were also reported between students and law enforcing agencies from Palhallan area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district today. The clashes erupted when students of government higher secondary school in the village took to streets demanding the release of arrested students. “Police rushed to the scene to chase away the protesters but they came under stone pelting,” the officials said, adding police fired teargas shells and used batons to restore law and order.
No one was injured in the clashes till last reports were received, they said. The confrontation between the students and the security forces remain unabated in the valley since the April 15 police raid on a degree college in Pulwama township of south Kashmir. The clashes have also affected the academic activities in most of the colleges.