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Hundreds of students clashed with govt in IHK

18 April, 2017

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SRINAGAR: Hundreds of students clashed with the government forces in India-Held Kashmir (IHK) during protests on Monday against a police raid on a college, as tensions ran high in the restive region. Around 100 students were injured as police used batons and tear gas to try to quell the protests, which broke out in the main city of Srinagar before spreading to other parts of the Kashmir valley.

Teenagers in school uniform and women students wearing white headscarves were among the protesters, who chanted anti-India slogans and threw stones at government forces.

A student union had called for protests after police on Saturday tried to raid a college in the southern district of Pulwama to round up suspects in recent violent demonstrations, sparking clashes in which at least 60 students were injured.

“Students are protesting in a few colleges. We are dealing with a situation,” a senior police officer told AFP on condition of anonymity. IHK has been tense since April 9, when eight people were killed by police and paramilitary troops during election day violence.

On Saturday a street vendor was shot dead by India's Border Security Force and on Sunday three people were killed by suspected rebels, one a former counter-insurgent.

Footage apparently showing a civilian tied to the front of an army jeep to deter protesters from throwing stones at the vehicle has also caused outrage after it was circulated on social media last week.

The army has launched an investigation into the incident and police have registered a case although no arrests have yet been made. The Kashmir University Students Union, a banned student body, had called for protests in all colleges and universities following Saturday's incident.

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