Fresh clashes erupted at Government Degree College, Sopore, between students and policemen today, resulting in injuries to 27 students, mostly girls. This is the third massive protest by students in Sopore after April 17, days after many students were injured in police action at Degree College, Pulwama.
The clashes erupted this afternoon after students, who were protesting on the campus, started throwing stones at policemen deployed outside the college gate.
“Students of Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Sopore, and Government Degree College, Sopore, were protesting inside the college. We locked the gate but they marched out and started throwing stones at policemen. We resorted to lathi-charge and teargas shelling. Four of our men suffered injuries in stone-throwing,” said Superintendent of Police (SP), Sopore, Harmeet Singh.
Medical Superintendent of Sub-District Hospital, Sopore, Dr Sami said more than two dozen students, mostly girls, were treated at the hospital. “We received 27 students today who were injured in the clashes. Most of them were girls. They had minor injuries and were discharged after treatment,” Dr Sami said.
The Sopore SP said they were trying to identify the troublemakers and would take required action.
“We are also in contact with the college principal and the civil administration as we are trying to counsel the students,” he added.
A student from Government Degree College, Sopore, said some girl students fainted due to teargas shelling. The clashes also erupted at Government Polytechnic College, Gogji Bagh, Srinagar, today after students threw stones at police vehicles and personnel deployed outside the college.
A police officer from the Raj Bagh police station said the protests were contained immediately and no one suffered injuries.
The student protests erupted in the Valley after the April 15 incident at Degree College, Pulwama. The protests have failed to die down and have continued intermittently in the Valley since then.