Sopore: Sopore town of north Kashmir on Thursday witnessed the protests and clashes on Thursday when students of Govt. Degree College of Sopore held protests against the police action on the students of Pulwama Degree College and tried to march outside the college premises. The government forces immediately reached to the spot, fired teargas shells inside the college premises to thwart the protest march triggering violent clashes. .
It was believed that the protest program of Students was pre-planned as from last couple of days a poster was seen circulating in the social media which contained the entire detailed schedule about the protest programme.
At least twenty seven students were injured in the clashes.
According to reports, large number of students from Boys Higher Secondary school, Degree College and Government Girls Higher Secondary school Sopore staged protest inside their institutions against the recent student arrests in the valley.
Raising pro-freedom slogans students including girls start marching towards main Chowk however large contingent of police and CRPF who were already deployed outside stopped the rally, resulting massive clashes.
“We were peacefully protesting against the recent arrests of the students across the valley, but security forces use teargas shelling on us and causing many injuries to the students including girl students,” said Hilal Ahmad student of Sopore higher secondary.
Soon after the shelling, Sopore town turned into battle field and stone pelting started at many places including Main chowk, College Road and Bus Stand where police also used force to disperse the protestors.
“Twenty seven injured persons we received throughout the day with most of them having minor injuries and were discharged after administrating first aid,” Dr Azmat Medical officer Sub District Hospital Sopore told The Legitimate.
Some students brought to hospital were unconscious but all of them are now stable, officer added.
Meanwhile, Sopore police refutes such claims that students were arrested during protests.
“We have not detained any student from these institutions who were protesting during the day and situation in the town is by and large peaceful,” Station House Officer Sopore Mudasir Geelani told The Legitimate.