Clashes in Kashmir over Kathua rape, murder case

Clashes in Kashmir over Kathua rape, murder case

Despite closure of most of the educational institutions including colleges, higher secondary schools in Valley parts; over 20 persons, mostly students, were injured on Thursday in clashes and protests which continued in demand for the capital punishment against the accused in the rape and murder of minor Kathua girl.

Protesting students demanding death to the criminals who raped and brutally killed eight year old girl in Kathua.

Sources said protests and clashes against the Kathua incident also broke out in degree colleges of Pulwama, Baramulla, Kulgam and Kupwara districts today afternoon, prompting the district administrations to shut them down for the day.

Akhtar urged the students to attend their classes instead of protesting on the streets. A police official said that situation was brought under control within the shortest span of time.

Similar reports of protests and clashes were received from Ajas Bandipora, Delina and Boniyar Baramulla where students of high and higher secondary schools staged protests and clashed with forces.

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The forces Tossed up numerious tear gas shells to quell the Protesting students, which created panic, witnesses said.

Works Minister and senior Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Naeem Akhtar on Thursday said that there was no reason for the students in Kashmir to hold protests over Kathua rape-and-murder case when the accused were already behind bars.

Though reports indicated that over 10 protestors may have been hurt, the police said no one has been reported injured.

Students coming from various coaching centres as per reports assembled near Jamia Masjid pelted stones on deployed forces.

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