J&K: NC Youth Wing Protests Alleged Use of Force by Govt

  • NC’s youth wing is protesting against the use of force by the government
  • Mobile internet services have been suspended in Kashmir
  • Students clashed with security forces across Kashmir, including in Srinagar, Bandipora, Baramulla, Anantnag, Pulwama, Kupwara, Kulgam and Shopian districts
  • Students are protesting against the alleged “high-handedness” of security forces at a Pulwama college

The youth wing of the opposition National Conference on Tuesday took out a protest rally against the alleged use of "unprecedented force" by the government against the people, especially students, in Kashmir.

The activists of Jammu and Kashmir Youth National Conference (JKYNC) led by its president Salman Sagar took out a protest rally from party headquarter Nawai-Subah to Press Enclave in Srinagar.

The activists were wearing black shrouds as a mark of protest and shouted slogans against Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.

The rally culminated at Press Enclave where it dispersed peacefully.

Universities, colleges and higher secondary schools on Tuesday remained closed across Kashmir on the orders of the divisional administration in view of the widespread student protests in the valley.

The universities, colleges and classes XI and XII remained closed following orders to this effect issued by Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Khan on Monday, officials said.

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The Jammu and Kashmir police has directed telecom companies to shut their 3G and 4G services in the Kashmir Valley as the state authorities feel there has been an attempt to spread fear and show security personnel in a bad light through online videos.

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The Jammu and Kashmir Police has directed the telecom companies to shut their 3G and 4G services in the Valley, official sources said.

The decision was taken after several videos surfaced in recent days, some showing local politicians being threatened by terrorists in various parts of the Valley and others which showed alleged atrocities by Army, police, CRPF or other para-military forces deputed for Parliamentary bye-elections.

Officials said that it appears that such videos were being circulated with an aim to create fear among people or show the security personnel in poor light.

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Former Chief Minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah took to Twitter to attack Mehbooba Mufti for her party’s failure to contain the student protests.

Omar has been a vocal critic of the Mehbooba-led government alleging that it had failed to provide leadership and direction to the people of the state.

Widespread protests by students in the Kashmir Valley on Monday heightened tensions as dozens of students and policemen were injured in clashes.

The students clashed with police in Srinagar, Bandipora, Baramulla, Anantnag, Pulwama, Kupwara, Kulgam and Shopian districts.

School students take out protest in Tral against police action in Pulwama College#Kashmir pic.twitter.com/JXrkE7DaNu

— Shams Ul Haq Qari (@shamsqari) April 17, 2017

The students had called for protests against Saturday's incident in Pulwama town in which over 50 students were injured in fighting with security forces after objecting to the setting up of a security post outside the college.

Security forces had entered the Pulwama college on Saturday.

Students of SP College in Srinagar blocked the Maulana Azad Road on Monday as police used tear smoke in a bid to clear it.

The students resorted to massive stone-pelting at the police, resulting in injuries to the Station House Officer of Kothibagh police station and two of his guards.

Three students were also injured in the clashes.

Police used dozens of tear smoke shells to disperse the students who kept regrouping to engage the police on the streets.

Protest at Degree College, #Bandipora
Call for the protests was given by @KUSUnion pic.twitter.com/azwfZ1kMln

— Kashmir Lobby Group (@KashmirLobby) April 17, 2017

Girls from a women's college in Srinagar also joined the protests as police battled hard to bring the situation under control.

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

Protests and clashes also erupted between students in Pulwama town despite the authorities having ordered the closure of the college there for two days following Saturday's incident.

Police said they were maintaining “extreme restraint” while dealing with the student protests.

Reports said over three dozen students and two dozen security men were injured in Monday's clashes in the Valley.

(With PTI and IANS inputs.)