Students in Kupwara stage protest against atrocities

Srinagar, June 26 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, students protested against the Indian troops who thrashed them after they refused to walk during a so-called security check in Kupwara.

Local people told media men that the troopers stopped a bus on way to Warnow and asked the commuters to disembark to cover the army camp area on foot (some 200 mtrs), but the students refused.

Ashiq Hussain a local said that as the students refused to follow the orders, the personnel of 18 battalion of Rashtriya Rifles thrashed them. He said that the students had to run to a nearby police station for help. “Police officials accompanying the students were not respected either,” Hussain said, adding that the troopers again chased the students, beat them to pulp and even abused them.

The students later lodged a strong protest demonstration against the Indian state terrorism and blocked the road for several hours.

The residents of Warnow, Ophan, Kawari, Sewer, Khurhama, Bhatnaad, Zab and other adjacent areas said that Indian army had put locals as hostage by restricting their movement for the past two decades making their lives hell. The residents said that they faced lot of inconvenience as the troops imposed restriction on vehicular and pedestrian movement besides resorting to undue checking on the only Kupwara-Khurhama–Warnow road.

“Most of the girl students studying in higher classes are unable to go to their schools and colleges and youth in other professions too are not able to resume their normal work because of constant fear,” the locals said.

Meanwhile, Indian police personnel thrashed students of Baramulla Degree College near in Islamabad. The college faculty said that several students and faculty members were injured in the police action. The police also arrested several students.

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