Student Protest Turns Violent In Kashmir, 15 Injured

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Jammu: At least 15 people, including eight policemen, were injured on Tuesday in clashes between stone-pelting students and cops in Ganderbal district of Kashmir, police said.

A group of students indulged in stone-pelting near the mini secretariat in Ganderbal town, 21 kms from here, to protest against the alleged “insensitivity” of traffic police which had stopped a passenger vehicle carrying large number of students in the morning, a police official said.

The protestors alleged that the action of the traffic cops had cost them academically.  The police officers tried to pacify the protesting students but to no avail, the official said.

After the protest turned violent, police resorted to baton charge to disperse the students and bring the situation under control, he said. At least seven protestors and eight policemen were hurt in the clashes, the official said. All the injured were administered first aid at a local hospital and discharged.

Kupwara district in north Kashmir also saw a protest with taxi operators resisting a directive by the district administration to shift the cab stand from the busy town market.

The taxi operators demanded that the district administration revoke its directions for shifting of the taxi stand as it would affect their livelihood.

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